This infamous resident from the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland is named the Hatbox Ghost. His special talent is to make his head disappear from his body and reappear in the hatbox as you pass by him. He is a new member of the 999 happy haunts that fill the mansion but, this is not his first time there. Part of fame comes from the fact that he was an original character when the ride opened. He was there for just a few days and just like you would expect from a ghost, he disappeared completely. In, fact, the animatronic of the character was completely lost!
For the fans, he was that character that we had to know more about. We would crave those photos that surfaced to try and imagine what the Mansion would be like with him in it. I believe that old video footage of him has recently surfaced. Thanks to Disney we no longer have to imagine what the Hatbox Ghost was like because they have made a new version of him and he currently is haunting the attic of the Mansion in Disneyland.
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This is a painting of the final scene of the ride, Splash Mountain. It features the largest animatronic(the boat, which rocks back and forth) and a bunch of animatronic characters from the America Sings attraction. It is a oil, ink and watercolor painting.
This is for sale and will be on Etsy soon.
Splash Mountain is one of the rides that I love going on but will sometimes have to skip. It’s always a last second judgement call on if I’m willing to walk around the park with wet pants and shoes. But, the theming and ride itself is so great!
What I was worried about happening with day 1 came true. My Moleskin painting project hit a snag when it comes to drying times. So, it looks like I will have to pepper those in throughout the month along with other paintings.
That brings us to today. I love the 1980’s and a lot of the things that I draw and paint have a tie to that time period. Growing up in the 80’s has exposed me to many things that have stuck with me and I still enjoy today. One of those things are toys and this painting is based on one of those toy lines, The Madballs. Screamin’ Meemie is the name of this character. He is the second character from the toy line that I have recently painted.
I have plans to do a series of art and posts detailing the history of several 1980’s toy lines and I will go into the Madballs toys and histories then. This will begin in January and I plan to run this for all of 2018.
This piece started as a ink drawing on a gessoed panel. The under painting was in watercolor paint and then glazed with oil paint.
It’s September again and that means the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge is upon us. And, I thought I would give it a go. I believe this is my third time and I did complete 30 paintings on the last two challenges. That did not come easy and this time looks to be even more challenging. Not only will I be away on a trip 3 days next week, I’m also creating work for a one man show in Oakland, CA on October 7th. And to finish off October, I’m tabling at my first convention, Famous Monsters of Filmland-Halloween Bash in San Jose, CA.
So, there will be quite a bit of stress going on this September. But, I will try not to drive myself too crazy with this 30 day challenge. My original idea was to do 30 portraits, in oil paint, in a Moleskin journal. I figured it would be a good size and challenge to try for this. Here is the image of the drawing prepainted.
This is a portrait painting of the actress, Jennifer Connelly. I have always been a fan of her from when I first watched the movie, Labyrinth and The Rocketeer(2 of my favorite movies). She also has a very classic Hollywood, beauty look that is very appealing. Those are some of the reasons why I chose to paint her. And that is a theme I plan to use with these Moleskin journal paintings.
But, I learned something important with this painting. Since I am not really painting ahead, These paintings wont dry in time to be scanned and posted. It looks like I’m going to have to pepper in some other types of paintings to be able to do this. Well, I guess we will have to wait and see what happens.
Here is a scene from the great version of the Robin Hood story that Disney created. Robin Hood and Little John, walking through the forest. I feel like this is another one of the great Disney films that does not get the attention it should.