The 2023 Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween art show takes place on Saturday, September 30th in the beautiful small town of Marshall, Michigan.
Hope to see you there this year!
Hope to see you there this year!
Like so many of you, I’ve had to suffer the ever-increasing costs of running a small art business from my home. Gone are the days of friendly, low-cost websites such as Etsy which once was a haven for independent artists. As you know, they’ve gone the corporate route, and with that change, an outrageous skyrocketing of costs just to list and sell a single item. For multiple items, it really adds up to the detriment of the artist. It is getting more and more difficult to make any sort of living with your art these days.
I don’t create each issue of Autumn Brilliance to try to make a million dollars (though in my wildest dreams, that sure would be nice!), it is done because for the simple fact that it makes me happy and, I hope, makes you all happy, too. I do it every Halloween season because it salves my soul to be creative, and present it to others who also love and appreciate this type of art.
The point of the matter is, after weighing my options, doing the math, and going over budgetary constraint scenario for this year, I am using Etsy less and less to sell/promote Autumn Brilliance.
I will use it solely - for the time being - to sell the PRINT version of the magazine.
For the DIGITAL versions, I will list all four issues together (Fall 2021, Fall 2022 and the two FREE copies, our Premiere Fall 2020 issue, and special Scary Xmas 2020 issue), through the link below. It is an easy way to pick and choose the digital magazines you want from a handy bookcase type of layout. Simply pick the magazine, put it in your shopping cart, and check out. No jumping through hoops and no extra hidden costs for anyone.
And, for those who prefer this digital version, it’s neat, has a zero carbon footprint, and can be viewed from any device, anywhere.
RIP, Dustin Poche.
world definitely shines far less brightly now that artist Dustin Poche has left his earthly body for
other realms more sparkly and filled with much less pain. He was far, far too young to leave us.
Dustin's work as an artist was the stuff of legend. His artistry inspired us all and lifted our spirits to the greatest heights we never thought possible. From fine art figurative creations, to broad campiness (including his brilliant takes on Joan Crawford, Dolly Parton, Amanda LePore and more) to grande dames, witches, hags, and ghosts, to his exquisite Halloween glam horror (Vampira, Angelica Huston "Morticia" and my personal favorite, Leslie Jordan as "the Little Devil"), his talented fingers wove an irresistible spell from clay, jewelry and antique textiles into astonishingly realistic sculptures and busts full of liveliness and humor, that few others could hope to come close to replicating. Every creation was a true masterpiece. All one had to do was take a look at his art, and you were a fan for life, like I am. Like you are. Like we all will forever be.
I am so thankful to own an original piece of your art, Dustin - I only wish we could have finally met in person, as we'd planned. How can it be that you have disappeared in a puff of glittery mist from our lives? It was only just a few short days ago that we chatted online about your being the Fall 2023 Spotlight Featured Artist of AUTUMN BRILLIANCE. That plan has not changed, you will indeed be on our cover and inside the pages, in a glowing tribute to the genius of your art and the funny, kind, magnetic personality you were in real life.
Rest in glittery, happy, fierce power, Dustin. Your heavenly angel wings are bright and dazzling, like you were here on earth. We love you, and you will never be forgotten.
Halloween artist Sharon Bloom has a sharp eye for whimsy and color. If you are among her many fans, you'll admit to not having just one of her fabulous ceramic creations in your collection, but lots of them (as I do!). Sharon is a longtime artist at the magnificent All Hallows Art Fest show in Petaluma, California where she wows the crowds each year in September.
You've seen her here in the Fall 2021 issue of Autumn Brilliance magazine where she dazzled us with many of her sweet Halloween sculptural designs.
Just look at these brand new goodies she will be offering in her Etsy store later today, and you'll see why Sharon is a huge favorite among the serious Halloween collector. From collectible plates, trays, bowls and other table wear, to original paintings, sculptures, beautiful wearable ceramic jewelry, tote bags and more, you will find something that makes your heart sing!
I personally love her pumpkins and black cat designs. Each one is brimming over with its own mischievous and unique personality, surrounded by vivid colors and patterns - another hallmark of her brilliant designs, you will never find a dull one! But Halloween is not her only forte, she also dishes up spectacular creations for every season of the year.
Visit Sharon at her Etsy shop:
All Hallows Art Fest:
Much as we hate to think of fast-forwarding our lives and thereby missing out on a lot of wonderful things, we sometimes cannot help ourselves, as we anticipate exciting events that loom on the horizon.
This photograph above, taken a little over four months ago in late September, 2022 at the fabulous Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween art show, brought on a touch of happy melancholy (is that such a thing?) as I look forward to another road trip up to Michigan for this year's show.
In the photo, my dear friend Vance and I took a moment to pose as we were setting up our booth. In the background, my husband Mark is busily attending to all the necessary tech stuff (in this case, setting up the TV/DVD to play our Dolly Parton interview which was featured in the Fall 2021 issue - and Dolly looked absolutely stunning in it!) and Scott and Kathy Jean are off to the side somewhere.
I'm still amazed at how gorgeous the Autumn Brilliance booth turned out. Like a Halloween circus tent wonderland, full of rich billowy fabrics of all textures making up the ceiling and wall, all of which were colored black & orange, of course. Vance and Scott did a fantastic job of creating this booth! Everyone ooh'ed and ahh'ed as they entered and had a look around, which is exactly what we aimed for. It was simply smashing!
There are seven months to go before we endeavor to take on that road trip north, meeting up with our lovely bunch of artist friends in that beautiful little town of Marshall. And, as I said earlier, shouldn't rush time but I just can't help it... I wish that day would hurry up and get here.
These past few days have given us a teasing feel of spring beginning to slowly unfold ... and with it comes brighter days filled with love. We long to finally shake off the frosty cold of winter, feel the warmth of the sun and, of course, stop and smell the roses, don't we?
Our Fall 2022 Spotlight Cover Artist, Scott Smith, has another astonishing creation to present that wraps a warm embrace of love all around us, and it truly is gorgeous, isn't it. From the inner workings of his magical Rucus Studio, this Victorian Valentine Rose of pure love is a one of a kind offering, fashioned from papier mache and all manner of delectable textiles. She is nothing less than exquisite, and will forever tug at your heartstrings!
You can find this beautiful, original creation via Scott's eBay link below.
Please visit Scott's website for more information, and other delightful offerings at the link below.