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Which Witch? (Hallowe’en Poll)

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, POLLS with tags , , on October 31, 2010 by echostains

Witches Flying by Goya

It’s Halloween tonight in England and if you look up into the darkened sky you will see that it is crowded with witches.  That’s not the sound of the traffic you can hear – that’s the witches cackling as they go about their business (whatever that is,,,) 

Witch-Riding-Backwards-On-A-Goat Albrecht DurerWitch riding backwards on a goat Albrecht Durer (1471 - 1578) engraving 1500

 Witches have been depicted in many paintings.  The old impression of a witch is of an old dear with a warty nose riding a broomstick.  But that has not always been the case, and today the Wicked Witch of the West persona has been replaced by a more sexy glamorous image.

The Witches Sabbath Arthur Rackham (original illustration but not used in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; 1924 Pen ink watercolour


 So, for a bit of fun and because it’s Halloween here are some random witches.  Which witch do you like best and why?

I have to admit – I like them all.  But there’s something distinctly creepy about the Goya painting.  Not only is it very well painted of course, but it seems to have a supernatural aura about it, as if Goya had actually witnessed these witches trying to fly:-0.  I get the impression that they tried several times before they actually took to the air.  I liken the impression to looking at a group of accrobats practising their performance:-D  Very unsettling indeed from the very dark Goya in his ‘Black’ paintings period’

Witchcraft by Jacques de Gheyn II


David Teniers the Younger


The Night Hag visiting the Lapland Witches by Fuseli 1796


Witches in the air Goya (1746 – 1828) painting 1797/98 here  Witch riding backwards on a goat Albrecht Durer (1471 – 1578) engraving 1500 here  The Witches Sabbath Arthur Rackham (1967 – 1939)  here  Jacques de Gheyn II image here  David Teniers the Younger here  Night hag visiting the Lapland witches here Fuseli here

PS There’s a lovely Memorial Haiku page over on the HAIKUDOODLE blog.  Please remember loved ones and contribute a Haiku 🙂

PPS Theres another wonderful poem on the Weeping Woman Why do you Weep? poetry challenge over on my Bookstains.  Just click the painting to read or maybe join in

Things that go Bump in the Night (not including me falling over)

Posted in DESIGN, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , , on October 31, 2009 by echostains

Try carving this using a hard turnip, it kills your fingers!

Oooh it’s nearly that time again.  The time where ghouls, ghosties and long legged beasties and things that go bump in the night  shall soon be out in force!   It’s just a shame that I will miss it because I have to work.  A ghost can turn up anywhere though…….

this 'ghost' was spotted at Hampton Court Palace a while ago

I came across this interesting website, dedicated to ghost stories, urban legends and sightings.  There are postings about ghostly experiences and even short films to watch.  The website is HERE

October 2009 Fortean Times magazine. a jolly good read!

We’ve been reading Fortean Times for years, it’s recommended reading at any time of the year.  There are always interesting strange stories, sightings, book reviews and all sorts of Paranormal phenomena.  Have a look online HERE

'Her neck is tolerable..I suppose...but not enough to tempt me!'

Meanwhile, back at Waterstones the other day, I spotted this book! Yes Mr Darcy (who everyone didn’t praise to the sky) has now morphed into a vampyre in this book ‘Mr Darcy Vampyre’ by Amanda Grange. This explains the dark moods apparently. Lizzie should have kept her promise never to dance with Mr Darcy….   There’s a line in it that says “Her neck is tolerable I suppose…but not enough to tempt me!”  (now I AM kidding, lol! though it wouldn’t surprise me).  Seriously, whatever will they think of next? and No, I won’t be reading it.


I couldn’t resist these ice-cube makers, they’re called ‘Bone Chillers’ and they’re available HERE, just the thing for Halloween drinks! And what about these so cute little cupcake pans? You could bake these all the year round.

skull cupcake pan to make the evening go with a shreik



Skull cupcake pan available HERE 


Creepy Halloween Cakes!

Posted in HOME with tags , , on October 30, 2009 by echostains

wonder if you could use ice cream  for the body?

It’s Halloween soon, but unfortunately I shall be working so I will miss out.  The other night I went out.  Two pubs had been given the same decorations, including those cobwebs that you shred.  One pub shredded and draped their cobwebs, and the other, just opened the sheets up and stuck them over glass cases!  I wished I’d had my camera so I could show what I mean.  Talk about, couldn’t be bothered….perhaps they are going to put the undisturbed cobwebs away for next year….

I came across this unusual site the other day (or should I say Stumbleupon)  I couldn’t resist these cakes, they are so cute and just the thing for Halloween!  Please check out this site HERE for instructions about how to make them.

make all these variations

I’m sure that you can find equivalents for some of the ingredients (like Pocky).  Perhaps joining a pair of ‘Matchmakers‘  by melting the chocolate a bit to join them, would work for the legs. Or, what about a Tunnocks Tea cake for the body?  Children would love these wouldn’t they!

Tunnocks Tea cakes, the legs would be a bit of a challenge

The website has lots of ‘unusual’ things to make……..   HERE