Thursday, April 9, 2009

Little Count Vacula

Well, that SpookyTime Jingles update is quickly approaching and there will be a new character in the mix...."Count Vacula". (No, it isn't a typo.) Poor little guy has a tremendous overbite and when he talks he frequently punctures his lover lip with his vampire fangs so his name comes out Vacula. He is a lovely shade of green as he doesn't feed on human blood, but adores broccoli which has affected his pigmentation. He also has long spindly fingers interlocked over his chest (just off center) and wears a lovely spider brooch....or is it wearing him?!

The Count also has on a large collar and coordinating bat bow tie and matching bat button.

Out of all of the figures I have painted, his face is one of the most "painterly" faces with interlocking color that I have ever done. I really wish the photograph showed it more clearly, but alas I am more a painter than a photographer. (sigh)

I will show back shots of Wilhelmina and the Count coming up because there are scalloped edges to their capes that make them a little more special when you turn the pieces around!!

Well, Easter is only a few short days away and hubby and I are celebrating our 31st anniversary tomorrow night at Bella Italia (great Italian restaurant in Cozad, NE....yes, a former NYC chef moved to Cozad a few years ago and it is wonderful!! Did you know Robert Henri the painter grew up in Cozad and the town is named after his family? His father was a land speculator with the last name of Cozad, and Henri was actually named Robert Henry Cozad. It makes for a great read to learn why Henri changed his name in the book, "Son of a Gambling Man". That is your art history lesson for the day!)

There are a few more days left on my eBay auction. If you haven't given the Halloween Egg a look yet click on eBay for the link.

Have a wonderful weekend and Easter.



Patty Benedict said...

HAPPY 31'st Anniversary!!!!!
and I LOVE "Count Vacula"!!!!

Bugs & Hisses

Carolee said...

Count Vacula is just wonderful! A vegetarian vampire, I love it, hehe!!

Happy Anniversary!

~ Carolee

Oops! Desperate Blogger~ said...

Broccoli? Love it!!!

Sonia ;) said...

Oh he is my favorite Laurie, reminds me of the old black and white Dracula movies..Love the details...Happy Anniversary, Happy Easter...and Have a good weekend.


Sonia ;)

Judy C said...

He is so adorable. I hope he isn't supposed to be scary. I just want to hug him.

snippetgirl said...

Your spooks just crack me up!!! They are so well crafted and beautifully detailed yet they also have such a great sense of humor. Those fingers are awesome.
I am wishing that we could all be at the Halloween convention this weekend! I sure would like to meet you and the other STJ artists in person. Maybe one day....
Happy Easter!!

Once Upon A Blue Crow said...

Poor Count Vacula, overbites can be painful, but he looks pretty happy despite a few pierced lips. I would be happy to share my broccoli with the count as dogs would appreciate it too I'm sure :]
Happy Anniversary and Easter! May you have a wonderful weekend!

Designs By CK said...

VELCOME Vacula...he is VONDERFUL!!! '-P)

Hope u and yours has a wonderful Easter weekend Laurie.

SpOOky Hugs,
Chris (-:

Chicken Lips said...

I LOVE him! Those eyes are great! He looks so innocent (yeah, right!). Great work!

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Phillane E'lee said...

Oh I love it, a vampire that liked broccoli. LOL He is too adorable for words Laurie.
Happy anniversary. That is wonderful. I hope you have a lovely evening.

yoborobo said...

Happiest Anniversary, Laurie!

And the Count rocks! Love them little spindly fingers! :)

Marie Patterson Studio said...

Happy Anniversary and Happy Hoppy Easter!

José said...


This count has style :-)
I like his expression and how you "played" with his hands.

Kind regards,


PJ's talking... said...

the Count is very fun... love those teeth... you're so good....