Sunday, August 06, 2006

Halloween Tree

It looks like this blog is doomed to the same fate of my past journals. Fear of commitment really does seep into every aspect of life. This really is just a guilt post.

Halloween Tree, ROAR. Work in progress. Based off of Ray Bradbury's kids' book of the same title. The book contains some fantastic (and occasionally ridiculous) imagery. The Halloween Tree grows jack-o-lanterns, as all genuine Halloween trees do. On this particular Halloween tree, the pumpkins represent the souls of the dying. I decided to cheat a little and have a pumpkin vine growing up a reaper-ish looking tree. (Those will look like jack-o-lantern faces, eventually.) I thought it'd be neat if the closer a jack-o-lantern was to the end of the top branch, the closer that particular person was to death.

Bradbury described the tree as a tall, pole-like thing, which seemed boring to me. So there you go, Ray—I've managed to out-cheese you. That is no easy feat. (Admittedly, I can't top swarms of tiny mummies.)

Suggestions and criticism on my progress are more than welcome, by the way. Painting advice would be wonderful.