Monday, March 28, 2011

Little Parker Pumpkin with Bailey Bat

I have finally finished the painting on two new sculptures, and this is one of them, "Parker Pumpkin."  As is normal with many of my figures, Parker has a story.  It seems as though Parker comes with a well-vined pedigree, with his family's seedstock traced back to at least the 1620s, when his ancestors were shared with the settlers of the Plymouth Colony.  Being native to North America, this little fellow's family roots run deep and proud.

Parker learned at an early age the impact his family had on the history of America, and he was raised to uphold the standards of his family tree, uh, I mean vine.  Parker had other ideas, however, after he overheard a group of young pumpkin boys discussing Halloween and all of the mischief and fun of the night.  The other little pumpkin boys shared their love of bats, spiders and bugs, and told him stories of spooky ghosts, witches and ghouls.  Parker decided he wasn't going to become food for the humans; he was going to become a jack-o'-lantern!

After Parker learned that most jack-o'-lanterns were carved and not painted, Parker carefully rethought the idea and decided instead to train Halloween bats.  Over time, what Cesar Millan is to dogs, Parker became to bats... he became known as the "bat whisperer!"

Parker is shown in this sculpture with a bat named Bailey, in his right hand, and uses this well balanced bat to teach other little nocturnal fellows how to get over their fear of jack-o'-lanterns.   After all, you can't have a bat afraid of common everyday Halloween folk. Not to worry, Parker hasn't failed yet with any of his bats, and it is partially due to the talents of Bailey!

Hope you like this silly pumpkin and understand his batty dreams.

Have a creative week!


Zan Asha said...

Haha, you always come up with the most wonderful characters!

*retro-rudolphs* said...

Laurie, I love Parker the "bat whisperer" and his wee bat Bailey too.

Michele Lynch Art said...

Your bat whisperer is wonderful Laurie! Good thing he rethought his original dream of being a JOL!! xo Michele

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

Thank you Zan and Lori! I have way too much alone time in the studio to think of these things as I'm working...well, I call it work, but it is really more like play.

Michele, no kidding!!! Poor little Parker would look terrible with his little face cut into JOL shapes! The Halloween world is so much better served by a bat whisperer. ~giggle!!

Have a great week all!!