For our optional prompt of “Scary” today, I made a sketch of a little mouse trick-or-treating at a haunted house. Though this is certainly more spooky than actually terrifying since that’s all my style allows. As a kid, we always loved getting a bit of a scare on Halloween night and would try to spook each other as we walked from house to house. Indeed, many of my neighbors at the time would decorate their homes in ways that ranged from super cute to seriously disturbing. The latter was always preferred. We would slowly walk up the front steps of the house as ghosts watched on from the trees. It was obviously just decorations, but with a bit of imagination it was quite possible to convince ourselves that everything was real. This gave us an added adrenaline rush that mixed well with the sugar high we’d already acquired. It was totally awesome! I remember one house in particular that really went all out each season. It was actually a bit scary, to be honest, but that didn’t stop us kids from bravely marching up the front steps to get that candy. We were on a mission!
These days, I truthfully can’t quite imagine wanting candy that badly. I haven’t eaten the kind of candy I’d gather on Halloween for years now. If that creepy house were serving cake, that might change things a bit, but I’ve not really been a fan of candy as an adult. Yet, the memories of that annual night of begging for candy are still one of my favorite bits of nostalgia. There was something magical in the air and everything once fabled suddenly became possible. Sure, it was really just a side effect of overactive imaginations, but what a joyous ride! I always remind myself of times like these when I’m working on a new creative project. I want to imagine without limits and use the same level of courage I had as a kid! When it comes to creativity, the first step is assuming that anything is possible. That’s when a pretty good idea turns into something truly spectacular. It’s my favorite feeling in the world!
Philippe and I just spent a long weekend visiting a small historic town that we visit regularly. It’s the inspiration for the fictional place I’ve created for my next project which is the first book in a cozy mystery series. I’ve always loved reading mysteries and so I figured it was definitely time to write my own. As we walked through the town I would point out some of the shops and inns and tell Philippe the new imagined name I’ve given them. It’s a bit like when I was a kid, making up stories in my mind while walking around and seeing those decorated houses on Halloween. It’s the same neighborhood, but things are suddenly transformed into a different imagined story. Nothing ever too scary, of course. My own stories and illustrations will always stay on the friendlier side of spooky with plenty of happiness, humor, and hope. I think that the world needs that more than anything right now. Though, the kid in me will always have fond memories of that delightful nighttime candy dash, always excited and thrilled to visit that next haunted house!
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Sketching Stuff Coloring Set – Da Vinci Watercolors: Charlie O’Blue, Hansa Yellow Medium, Opus (VIvid Pink), And Indigo. ZIG Cartoonist Mangaka Pen with Black ink, Princeton Aqua Elite Travel Brushes, in an A5 Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Watercolour Book.