I’ll try to be spookier tomorrow, but Saturday is Adventure Day, and today’s adventure was Solomon’s Castle. It’s not very Halloweeny, but I’ll try to post the most seasonal pics.
Here, this lion is a little scary:
The castle is the home and gallery of sculptor, Howard Solomon. The exterior of the castle is covered in discarded tin printing plates from a local paper. They have a shimmery iridescence in the sunlight.
A napping cat in seasonal colors
Solomon works primarily in metal and wood assemblage, though he also made all of the stained glass windows that grace the castle.
Pirates are Halloweeny, right?
The tour included more PPM (puns per minute) than I have ever experienced in my life. I thought guided Disney rides were bad. I’m not sure I’ll be able to use puns myself for at least a month. The art, though often well-done, wasn’t my thing, but it was still a very interesting trip into Solomon’s brain. A very good Adventure Saturday.
I’m always looking for cool things to do with craft pumpkins. I have several that I plan on blogging as I decorate them. Jo of Chica and Jo made this wonderful cemetery diorama using a black craft pumpkin (click the pic for the process):
Jo’s Cemetery in A Pumpkin
I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of using a hotwire knife on a craft pumpkin. What fun!
Also, note to folks stopping by: if you comment, and you have a cool Halloween blog, I’ll probably link it, like Halloween Horror Tumblr.
Having moved to Florida this year, I am at zero for knowing the local haunts. I’m in the Sarasota/Bradenton area, and there are a few things here and in St. Petersburg. I know, I could go to Tampa for Busch Gardens, or drive a few hours for all the Orlando stuff, but this year I’d like to stay local, and see the smaller haunts. I’d especially love to see some yard haunts.
Here’s what I have bookmarked so far:
Frightmares Extreme Haunted House
The Haunted Ranch
Most of them start up mid-month. I’ll be cruising around following some more links, so I hope I have a full schedule!
Right now it’s just a few paintings, some spooky, some not. Here is one of my favorites:
Crow with Red Lines
Getting the shop open was my big goal this year, and it’s my birthday present to myself.
I expected to be blogging party prep, but life got in the way and I had to cancel. So we’ll see if I can come up with enough spooky things for the month. I usually do okay. Glad to have you along for the ride!