I am always stopped short by images of macabre, mythical or fantastical things (see Edward Gorey is a god, or at least a demigod), but have never had the desire to represent them in my art. I always said I don't collect things because I don't want to dust them, but just I realized I have quite a collection of gargoyles. I love dragons and other mythical creatures, dark landscapes, and full moons. No wonder I love Halloween, huh? I just ran across Kraken Mosaics' Day of the Dead Groom and feel inspired to bring some of the dark side into my next piece. I know it's a wierd time of year to be thinking along those lines, but maybe I can have it finished for Halloween. Don't laugh - see What's taking you so long?
And now I have to go back and revise a statement. I never really thought about Halloween props being art, but they certainly can be. Submitted for your consideration, King Tut - a collaboration between myself and Susan McAmis for a Halloween party eons ago. At over 6 feet tall, he was a life sized construction of paper maiche with an armature of speaker boxes, a Hulk Hogan mask, and garden gloves. Painted using a desk calender purchased at the 1977 exhibit of Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs at The Field Museum in Chicago as a reference, it was not too shabby for a party prop.