ACEO painting for today.
Harvey the Aardvark and Digger the dog have got their Halloween costumes ready for tonight. Digger fancies that Harvey got a better costume than he did!
A horse decorated in the style of North American Indian tribes.
I have been wrestling with this image for some time. At times my art direction fails me, like when I choose a design that really is too small for an ACEO, still I did my best and now it is time to relax and have a beer.
Evidence seems to suggest that elephants do not like small animals running frantically around their feet particularly as they cannot see them properly. Naturally in the wild quick moving small animals like snakes are a danger and so elephants would try to get away from them as quickly as they could. This may be the reason that elephants appear to be afraid of mice.
An ancient fable tells the story of a duel between an elephant and a mouse for the position of king among the animals. The elephant sat and laughed at the mouse until the mouse climbed into his ear (or in another story his trunk) and nipped him hard and drove him mad until the elephant ultimately admitted defeat.
I like my elephant and mouse to be friends, so here they are.
The cat has been spooked, but there is something spooky about his shadow!
Remember these guys…..? Black Beauty himself and the cast from the TV Series from the 1970’s.
As a child I would draw horses all the time.
I was completely mad about them.
I knew all sorts of facts about horses, their kit, how to keep them, their breeds and colours. But there was no chance of owning one myself or of even being taught to ride. Instead I read a lot of horse books from the library and drew them prolifically.
Champion the Wonder Horse, White Horses, Follyfoot and Black Beauty were among my favourite TV programmes. I bought the Black Beauty LP and used to play it on our old single deck before I went to school. I even made up words to the theme tune, I was too embarrassed to sing them in front of my friend so I did so from behind the toilet cubicle door at school. Strange days.
Today I started a new set of ACEOs with a Horse theme, here are the first two.
Dapples & Tassels, and Feathers & Forelocks.
A few more weeks and it will be the end of British Summertime and as for every October the clocks go back an hour. The nights draw in sooner, curtains are drawn and fires lit. A few days later it is Halloween.
For us Brits it is a struggle to celebrate Halloween. Under some duress parents attend small children knocking on doors for sweets and treats, and pensioners worry about strangers coming to their door and put up signs to ward them away. No one really knows who is up for the festival and who is not.
The Americans however as we know just love Halloween. Everyone gets in the spirit (apologies for the pun) and parties. It is a shame that the tradition did not capture our imaginations here in the UK and instead we are bothered by the commercial aspect which has now given us that cynical edge.
The end of October had been known as the Celtic New Year and the belief that there is a short period of time where the “door” to the “other” world is open. I like this idea, the imagination can run wild and all the dressing up makes perfect sense.
So in readiness for the celebration of this tradition ACEO cards are painted in preparation for the celebratory collector and particularly for those in the USA who just love to party!