Tuesday, August 30, 2022

The Legend of Stingy Jack -


Did you ever wonder why we carve pumpkins and put candles into them - creating what is known as a "Jack O'Lantern?" 

There is an ancient story behind this which originated in Ireland, and involves a cantankerous old man by the name of Jack who tricked the Devil himself... but, as you can imagine, things did not go perfectly as planned for him.

We present a retelling of this spooky old legend for you in the Fall 2022 issue of AUTUMN BRILLIANCE, available in September. 



Monday, August 22, 2022

Moonlight Artistry -

 We welcome the remarkable Dorann Nelson of Moonlight Artistry!

Dorann's creations incite wonder and true felicity to the viewer. Her hands work magic with materials such as paper clay, rare natural items, shimmery textiles and jewels, among other things. Dorann was recently interviewed by our lovely friend Kristen Stafford, 'The Halloween Art & Travel'  podcast, which you can hear by clicking the link below.

Very pleased to have this wonderful and imaginative Halloween artist in the Fall 2022 issue of AUTUMN BRILLIANCE, which is available in September at our Etsy shop (you can access a direct link to that at the left column here) and also at the Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween show on September 24, 2022 in Marshall, Michigan.

Listen to Dorann's interview and hear all about her work at:


Monday, August 15, 2022

Another fabulous featured artist, Scott Stoll! -

 We welcome the very talented sculptor, Scott Stoll of Michigan's STOLLOWEEN!

Scott is featured in our Fall 2022 issue of the magazine. He's well-known for his prodigious armies of papier mache monsters, Jack O'Lanterns, ghouls, goblins and whatnot. He taught classes at his STOLLOWEEN Studio where students themselves dipped hands and fingers into gooey delightful papier mache and fashioned their very own creations. A fixture at the Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween show in Marshall, Michigan, Scott brings hordes of his fun and fanciful sculptures that never fail to wow the attendees. We have been enamoured with his imaginative creations for a long time and are very happy to include him in this issue.

Please come and say hi to Scott at this year's show, on September 24th at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds. And then stop by the AUTUMN BRILLIANCE booth to get your very own copy of the magazine (we're sure that Scott will personally sign it for you!). We'll see you then!










Sunday, August 7, 2022

Our fabulous Cover Artist, Scott Smith!-

We welcome Scott Smith as our Spotlight Artist for the Fall 2022 issue of AUTUMN BRILLIANCE

The sparkling cover of Fall 2022 issue of AUTUMN BRILLIANCE features Scott's whimsical Owl with his glowing lantern. Certainly one of my favorite of his pieces. 

     Nearly 15 years ago, I first saw the art of this incredibly talented man and it changed my life's direction in the best possible way. To say I was transfixed is a serious understatement! I've since followed and admired everything he's created, and am elated to have him in this issue.

      Scott is well-known for his imaginative sculptures of anthropomorphic animals and people, with abundant witches and pumpkins dotting his landscape of creativity.

     Years ago I learned of a Halloween art show he had formed on the west coast, called Halloween & Vine - a clever punny take on the famous Hollywood & Vine streets we're all familiar with.  Then after that, his Ghoultide Gathering (another clever twist of words that I loved) put him firmly on the map in Michigan (both shows of which I hoped to visit but, alas, it was not meant to be). 

     Scott handed over the show a few years back to the equally-marvelous Jennie Hepler-Takens, who renamed it with a most magial moniker: Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween, where you can find Scott's enchanting world of hand-crafted items that bring the serious Halloween art collectors coming in from across the globe.

      Many thanks to Scott for his generosity, kindness and for just being a wonderful and creative human being.  We remain a fan for life!

 You can get a copy of this breathtaking issue in September, available in both digital and print versions at this year's Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween art show in Michigan, and also in our Etsy shop!




Monday, August 1, 2022

Proud to feature! -


Next up in our Fall 2022 issue of AUTUMN BRILLIANCE magazine!

Renowned digital artist Cheryl Baker will capture your heart with her wondrous and whimsical paintings.

Prepare to be whisked into a new world of vividly delightful landscapes of magic at its finest. You surely will fall in love with this truly skillful artist's creations. We are so happy to have her here in these pages!

Fall issue available in September, 2022 in our Etsy shop. Stay tuned for more updates!