Mandarin Orange Monday this week is a bit different – it has the optional theme of Halloween and all things scary. Here in Australia Halloween isn’t very big, although it does appear to be growing. I noticed a big box of gigantic pumpkins a few weeks ago. I photographed them but the image was spoiled by all those annoying little stickers. I felt like taking them all off but feared that I would be reprimanded by the young security man standing nearby.
When my son was about 10 (he is now grown up and a daddy) he did go trick-at-treating, but I think it was still fairly unusual. For a few years we armed ourselves with lollies to give out to the smiling, eager and usually made up faces. The children were very young, with their parents hovering at the gate as chaperones. But it was a real on – off thing, some years a few knocks and others none. And very quiet streets at sunset. Eventually we stopped buying the lollies because I would end up eating them all!
Since the shops seem to have been promoting Halloween this year I expect to see an increase in the numbers of dusk visitors. We’ ll see. Will I buy lollies? hmmm.
So especially for Halloween I worked on a scary image. It was much more difficult than I expected. I don’t think I have made a haunted house picture since I was a child. A couple were not at all scary, another was positively evil – so they were rejected for MoM. What I ended up with are mildly scary, I hope. And most definitely orange!
I look forward to seeing your – both scary and an not so scary – wonderfully orange images.
|Desaturated. Texturiser and Poster Edges Filters.|
|Magic wand and Quick Selection tool. Saturation tools and Fill|
|Poster Edges filter. New layer (Fijian mask)|
|New Layer (lace) overlay. Poster Edges filter.|
|Fill and Linear Burn (lace). Poster Edges.|
|New layer (cobweb) Linear Burn and cat eyes.|
|A selection of my mildly scary jewellery.
The cat eyes belong to Melody my cat.
The brooch at the bottom now lives in the UK.
The others are available at my Etsy shops,
LorikArt and LorikArtCat