The Tragic Life of Frederick PumpkinSteiner

pumWith Halloween less than a week away, I might as well express my love for my favourite holiday and get all Halloweeny over here.

thumbnail_20171020_123642This post was meant to be a really cute post about carving a pumpkin, I named Frederick PumpkinSteiner. But, tragedy struck and well, I think pictures speak a thousand words.

thumbnail_20171020_134516I left Frederick alone for just a minute and he ended up rolling off the table.

thumbnail_20171020_161428My heart was in my mouth, when I discovered him in pieces on the floor.

thumbnail_20171020_164611I tried mending him, but poor Frederick PumpkinSteiner just wasn’t the same and was left horribly scarred.pum2

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Oliver The Cheshire Cat (Bringing a Little Smile to Everyone’s Face)

thumbnail_20170718_123118Thankfully, I’ve survived storm Ophelia, with only minor injuries and still have a roof over my head. (I was sent out to secure the wheelie-bins and the blue recycle bin, blew over on top of me. Now, my ribs hurt). Unfortunately, we’ve now been told storm Brian will hit us on Saturday.

Two storms in one week, the weather is truly fringed. Ireland usually doesn’t get hit by storms, but if Ophelia was anything to go by. We’ll all acted not too bothered, until the news replaces the word storm with hurricane. Then we’ll all start acting like, it’s the zombie apocalypse. Which was actually kind of funny. People were rushing out to buy a month’s supply of bottle water and a life-time supply of candles. You would swear the storm was going to last weeks, not just a day. But in their defence, housing isn’t built to be hurricane proof here and we usually don’t have cellars/basements. So, if an actual hurricane hit we’d all be screwed and quite possibly homeless afterwards (if not dead).

Swapping the word storm with hurricane, put the fear of god in people and caused a bit of panic. So, to ease the tension and bring a little smile to everyone’s face. I thought I’d share, something I painted/drew that always brings a smile to me face and spread that smiley feeling. As always, I’ll share my process, but this time in reverses because I’m in an awkward mood today.

thumbnail_20171011_125525Alice in wonderland is one of my favourite books. I absolutely love the way it uses words. It makes characters appear to be talking nonsense. However, pay attention to the words they speak and I’ll find they’re actually making perfect sense and occasionally have a stab and showing how mad and crazy certain aspects of society actually are. But enough of my deep analysis of the book and back to the painting.

thumbnail_20171010_125317The Cheshire Cat is one of my favourite characters and as the book suggests, there is more than one Cheshire Cat in wonderland. I thought for my own amusement, I’d create my own Cheshire Cat and give him a proper name. Oliver the Cheshire Cat, turned out a lot better than I thought, so now I’m sharing him and spreading the amusement.

thumbnail_20171007_093919To be honest, Oliver looked possessed when I first drew him and was quite unnerving. But thankfully, when I finally painted in his eyes, he looked a bit more smiley and less soul devouring.

I hope Oliver has brought a smile to your face and brightened your evening. Hopefully storm Brian won’t be as bad as Ophelia and I’ll make it through it, without my house re-enacting the scene from The Wizard of Oz or being floored by anymore wheelie-bins.

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They Call Themselves Real-Life Vampires

29412559-155a-46c6-a7ac-920e5a6c18fdI finished watching vampire knight seasons 1 & 2, and it left me with a few questions about vampires. So, I done what most people would do and asked google. This turned into one hell of a creepy google search.

The first thing I wanted to know was, why vampires need to drink blood to survive. Surely if it’s for nutrients, they would be able to survive by dissolving food supplements in water and drinking that. Even better, they could survive on steak smoothie. Therefore, eliminating the need for blood.

Anyway, this was bugging the hell out of me so I googled it and came across something very unexpected. An interview with a real-life vampire. At first I thought, surely this is a joke or something. Vampires don’t exist. I was sort of wrong.

087603c5-0d09-4c76-8611-dbde8cdca204 (2)Although these people aren’t actual vampires, they pretty much behave like they are. Considering this, it kind of makes them scarier than actual vampire. Normal anti-vampire defences won’t keep them at bay. You can throw as much garlic and holy water at them as you want and they’ll still be able to come at you for your blood.

But, us non-vampires can relax. I done a bit of research and apparently, they only take your blood with your permission and written consent. Some don’t even feed on your blood, but feed on your energy or life-force. (Having a bunch of people standing around you, pulling weird creepy facing, saying their feeding on your life-force, may be a lot more terrifying though.)

And then I found a very scary website, that allows vampires to find other vampires in their area, so that they can go feeding together and do other vampire things. The author claims that, they can tell a real vampire from a want-a-be vampire be just an email (Never knew there was a difference). Reading this website made my blood run cold. It talked of awakening as vampires and made claims that they need to drink blood to stay healthy and that vampirism was caused by a virus. This site screamed cult. It even has events for vampires like blood lettings, feeding sessions and get togethers. All of which sound terrifying for a non-vampire.

3b13409b-6006-4be7-8368-13d1080625a7There is also a checklist that allows you to tell if you are a vampire. This checklist suggested thing like eating two rare steaks and seeing if your skin turns pink (if it does, it says you’re most likely a vampire) and was very focused on a person’s sleeping pattern and reaction to sunlight. Curious, I done the checklist on myself. I sourced over 80%, which according to the website makes me a vampire. Safe to I will not be drinking blood anytime in the future. Blood borne disease and iron overload, does not appeal to me at all. Pretty sure this checklist would class any light-sensitive night owl as a vampire. It’s scary to think someone might take this serious and go off and join the vampires. It’s crazy.

f3653959-ffd6-4a76-b6f8-b94880bb2128_1I truly hope that this website was a joke. If it’s not, it’s definitely frightening to think that people are gathering together to drink blood. There’s just something so bizarre about the whole thing.