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The Official Opening of Ghost Story Season!

Ghost story season; 
Halloween 'till Twelfth Night

by Evelyn McCorristin Peters
October 29, 2010
                                                                  "Laughing Bones"
                                           by Evelyn McCorristin Peters

In celebration of Halloween I wanted to share this wonderful article below, by Michael Dirda: The Ghost Stories of Lafcadio Hearn

But first I was wondering what is your favorite Ghost Story...or do you have a wonderful or not so wonderful one of your own. I do, I have two, and I'm quiet a skeptic about the whole ghostly being thing. So if I thought I felt or saw a ghost there just might be something out there!

I have two favorite scary books.  I read a lot, a bit obsessive about the whole book scene. And,  I have to admit I'm a bit of a book snob. But my one guilty pleasure is Stephen King, although I think a lot of book snobs probably read him, the man can tell a story. I highly recommend his short story collections for a quick scare!

"Gerald's Game" is a story that still leaves its imprint on me. There is one integral part that I know I will be thinking about tonight since I've written about it now!
"Ghost Story" by Peter Straub is also a very excellent and thrilling novel!

And just an aside, I'm not a scary movie fan, but if any of you ever have the chance to see "Trilogy of Terror" with Karen Black (who I think is scary in any movie) watch it! Anyone I know that has seen this movie has a story to tell that goes along with it!

So if anyone has recommendations for Halloween reading, please, please, share! Let's make All Hallow's Eve "All Hallow's Read!" Let your imagination run wild!

The Ghost Stories of Lafcadio Hearn

In his partly autobiographical essay "Nightmare-Touch," Lafcadio Hearn writes: "Now I venture to state boldly that the common fear of ghosts is the fear of being touched by ghosts—or, in other words, that the imagined supernatural is dreaded mainly because of its imagined power to touch." From here, Hearn recalls his own childhood night-fears:
So far back as memory extended, I had suffered from ugly dreams; and when aroused from them I could always see the forms dreamed of, lurking in the shadows of the room. . . . They were not like any people that I had ever known. They were shadowy dark-robed figures, capable of atrocious self-distortion,—capable, for instance, of growing up to the ceiling, and then across it, and then lengthening themselves, head downwards, along the opposite wall. Only their faces were distinct; and I tried not to look at their faces. .

If you are interested in reading the entire article click here to go to the Barnes and Noble post on this story:

The Ghost Stories of Lafcadio Hearn

Happy Halloween!



A Great Giveaway!

A Great Giveaway! 
$55 Gift Certificate to CSN Stores!
by Evelyn McCorristin Peters
October 24, 2010

I have the wonderful opportunity to give away a $55 Gift Certificate to CSN Stores! CSN Stores is a wonderful place to shop, they have 200+ stores so there is so much to choose from!
I was wondering what I might purchase if I had the opportunity. As many of you know I've recently started creating some jewelry. I have a long table at the back of my studio and I have yet to find a comfortable seating arrangement! So after looking at several different styles I decided I would love to have this wonderful barstool

I just love the nice cushy seat! 

So what would you purchase?

Here's the rules for the giveaway: (it's all about the points!)
  • First thing you HAVE to do to be eligible to win is visit and tell me by leaving a comment here on the blog of what you would purchase with your gift certificate! (2 points)
  • Follow my blog, you can find a link to do this on the sidebar! This will give you three points, and if you already follow, just leave a comment to this post and I'll give you the points! (3 points)
  • Follow me on Twitter, look up to the top of this blog on the left sidebar to follow! This will give you a point. Once again if you already follow me just let me know! After you follow come on back here and let me know by leaving your twitter name on the comments never know it could get you some more followers too! (1 point)
  • Tweet this blog post, just look below for a link to do that, let me know you did! This gives a whopping 5 points!!! (5 points)
  • Last but not least...if you blog about this with a link back to this blog post your receive 10 points! (10 points) I'll make sure to follow your blog and spread the work about what a wonderful blogger you you get more followers too! 
So are you psyched...$55 is a lot! The main thing is to make sure you let me know what you've done to earn the points. It's really a win-win, you'll probably get more twitter and blog followers! I'll make sure to give updates with twitter and blog names!
The contest starts today and will end November 14, 2010! If there is a tie with points I will select a name randomly to be the winner! So let's go, hey you could even give this as a holiday gift or buy that holiday gift, but I think I would keep it for myself, you don't get free stuff to often!
As always thanks for stopping by and good luck!

*You can only follow my blog once, so that means 10 points only once!




Feature Friday!

Feature Friday
by Evelyn McCorristin Peters
October 22, 2010

I recently had the pleasure of "meeting" Angie of Agasunset on Etsy. Her bio reads:

Tatting and other lace making is my passion, but not in traditional way. I love to redesign old patterns and give them modern twist. I am a mother and housewife. My life revolves around my home but my imagination runs with speed of light and complicates my daily routines. That's why my family calls me "Complicated Girl"

She utilizes a beautiful traditional craft in unconventional ways and her work is just amazing! I encourage you to have a look at her wonderful shop. Leave a comment, mark her as a favorite, and let her know I sent you...she loves comments! I have one of her pieces coming my way and I can't wait!

You can also visit her blog here: Agasunset
Other Feature Friday posts:  Heather Kent



Manatees and Sea Turtles in the Blue!

Blue Manatees
by Evelyn McCorristin Peters
October 21, 2010

I am currently completing a painting for a benefit show to be held at The Studio at Gulf and Pine in November. This show will help to raise funds for the conservation of Sea Turtles

I don't dive, sounds silly but the claustrophobia hits me big time under water! So I headed over to Mote Aquarium to take some photographs of the manatees and sea turtles. By accident I still had the lighting setting on my camera set to "Tungsten" but I'm really glad I did...all the photos had a beautiful blue tint to them which is exactly how I wanted to paint the sea turtle!

Below are some photographs I took and I will post progress of the painting soon! And yes, it was very cool, they were feeding!



Other photography posts:
Perfect Woman
My Vegetable Garden
Paris at Night
Black and White, Black America



Wordless Wednesday




Halloween Jewelry Sale!

Halloween Jewelry Sale!
Starting October 15th and ending on November 1st enjoy 30% off all Halloween Jewelry at my Etsy shop! Also there is free shipping!
Make sure to follow this forum thread on Etsy for more updates along with event happenings on my EvelynMcCPeters Art Facebook page!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has a super spooky Halloween!




VAST Team Treasury!

'So Talented!' by EvelynMcCPetersArt

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To see more about this treasury and it's artists please visit JC Strong Art Gallery At JC Strong's blog the process of creating the original ink paintings is shared, great to see how a work progresses!