Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Star Spangled Skelly and the Gift from the Gourdqueen!!

Hooray, the sun is shining today so I got some photographs taken. I don't have a light box to shoot images in so I rely on sunlight and some days nature just has a different agenda than I do. Since we were overcast yesterday I turned on my Ott lights and painted the day away. I finished the piece below..."Star Spangled Skelly".

Before you ask, yes, he is related to "Uncle Skelly" that carries the star. The two are brothers and were raised to celebrate "the land of the free and the home of the brave," they just seem to have a problem giving up their Halloween colors.

A slight difference between the brothers, besides their attire being different ("Uncle Skelly" likes a more formal look) and having similar yet different faces, is that "Star Spangled Skelly" has an affinity for anything that rockets into the sky and explodes. If it booms, sends embers flowing down, flashes, spirals, crackles or bangs...it is all good in his book!! He loves a good aerial show, especially if he is the one managing the fireworks. He has a little bit of the pyro in his nature, but fortunately it is in a good way. He is shown below posing in his patriotic finery and holding one of his special celebration rockets.

Lots of detail in this little fellow...stars, stripes, dots, lines and shading.

All he asks is that when you think of the fireworks exploding in celebration of our country's freedom, that you pause for a moment and remember a little Skelly equally as patriotic setting off his own show for the ghouls, ghosts and witches across this great land. He is a proud little fellow!

Now, the special news!!!
Linda at The Gourdqueen , recently had a blog giveaway (she actually gave away 2 pieces!!) and little ole' me won one of the gourdie-do figures. He arrived in the mail all wrapped in special tissue with ribbon and a lovely note, and when I carefully (okay, you already know I tear open things, but this sounds better) unwrapped the tissue this is what I found. Isn't he just the cutest little guy!! Not only can Linda sculpt beautifully, this girl can paint...look at those sweet little eyes and the detail on that base!! Perfect! Linda is a PFATT sister and I am thrilled to be a member of this great organization with her. She makes me giggle.

I love people that are talented and have a great sense of humor and I really LOVE it when I win something so special!!! Thank you Linda....now, the rest of you go take a look at her blog!

Have a great day and happy creating!
Laurie

16 comments:

Designs By CK said...

WOW ~ Lovely new art goodie and FUN new piece from Linda!!!

Hope this note finds you well Laurie. :-)

Chris (-:

Sonia ;) said...

Oh Skelly is awesome Laurie...The mail is fun when it holds presents inside....Linda is remarkable..and so sweet...Have great week..

Smiles;
Sonia ;)

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

Chris,
Isn't Linda's Gourdie-Do a hoot!!! She is such a fun and talented lady!!

Hi Sonia!! Thanks for stopping by and have a good week!!

I need to get back to the paint!!!
Laurie

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

Chris,
Isn't Linda's Gourdie-Do a hoot!!! She is such a fun and talented lady!!

Hi Sonia!! Thanks for stopping by and have a good week!!

I need to get back to the paint!!!
Laurie

Fantasy Whispers - Vania Cruz-Perez said...

Love your Star Spangled Skelly! He's so original....

Lovely gift you got there from Linda!! So so lucky :D

Hugs....

Nat said...

He is a great patriotic representation of us all. Next time the olympics are in the U.S. you need to submit this as a mascot.
Love this "Skelly".

Phillane E'lee said...

Oh Laurie,
I love the brothers and don't know who makes me smile more. I would tell you both but then you would think that I am sucking up! LOL Love the little stories and things that blow up! Ohhh and sparkles too.

Lucky you! A goodie for a goodie. Sounds like a match my friend.
Blessings for a wonderful week,Pea

Brandi McKenna said...

These two patriotic skellys just blow me away! I am in complete awe of your style and talent! The coolest patriotic art ever!

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

Thank you for stopping by Vania and for such a nice compliment.

Nat...can't you see the team with a "Skelly" patch on their uniforms--giggle!!

Pea, so glad you like them both. Working on number 3 today so knock on wood he will compliment the group. Wish me luck!!

Brandi...I do love the 4th of July and just couldn't resist combining that with the Skelly figures. "Me loves" a good celebration and so I figured the skelly boys would too!!

Thank you all for stopping by!!
Laurie

yoborobo said...

He is so fabulous, Laurie! He looks like he is just about to really enjoy himself. Ka-boom! :) What an amazing talent you are - and what a great prize from Linda. Overwhelmed with talent now...must drink iced tea. LOL!

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

Good morning Pam!!! A skelly with a firecracker is scary, but if he blows himself up his buddies will put him back together again.

Isn't Linda just the best!!! I was thrilled to receive the little guy!!

Caroline said...

Love your stuff and congrats to you too! ☺

Chicken Lips said...

Great piece Laurie -love that little firecracker! And congrats on the win - Linda is SO talented!

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

Thank you so much Caroline!! I know I was so lucky to win Linda's giveaway!!

Hi David...glad you like the piece and I about crapped when I saw your figure with the handful of firecrackers too! I guess we like those bottle rockets!!

Have a great weekend all!
Laurie

Nancy Lee Malay said...

I love, love, love your new skelly-wonderful in every way!

And how lucky are you to win something from Linda?!?! I'm so happy for you!

Have a great weekend, Laurie!

Nancy

Gourdqueen said...

Laurie I am so glad you like your little gourdie-do!
Thanks for sharing him on your blog!
Gourdie