Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Why do you do it like you do it?

I was asked yesterday why I create in colors that are different than the traditional orange and black.   It's such a long answer.... But I told the lady who was asking that my color palette is different because I choose them based on what gives me bliss.  

“Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” - Joseph Campbell

My work is not scary or startling, it's more whimsical. To me, whimsical means magical. I believe that art takes on life from it's surroundings. My home studio is a small trove of fabric and color and pretty much the perfect place to begin a prim pumpkin. If you were to look into my studio you would see things that bring me joy all over the place.   With this much inspiration it's hard not to honor my style...

I will never forget my delight when I painted my very first pink pumpkin. She was a rebel, I mixed shades of off white and pink and mottled her tones to perfection... but then, she sat in my studio and it was hard for her to find a home. I began to doubt my color choice... that had given me so much joy.    

I knew that she was someplace in between what my collectors were used to and what traditional Halloween collectors liked.   She moved me into creating from the soul (even more than I was before) and making art that was me. Me, in all of my wonky styled, mismatched color, one trip too many to the thrift shop glory.  My heart whispers love it when I honor them and create a doll that is my style,  my palette and my bliss.  And from this place of TRUE inspiration comes growth, a reach into the stars to pull down a little more magic.

So, there is no real short answer to the question about why I create in luscious, unpredictable colors....My color palette is the soundtrack to my life. Sit and listen if you want to.  

Friday, June 26, 2015


“The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” – Goethe

It is with boldness and magic that I introduce my latest doll, she is a witch from the Haunting Wilds line and as always a Prim Pumpkin original :)