Tag: Skulls

My Memento Mori Painting Sold at the Oddporium

I paid my first visit to that “Gallery of the Peculiar and the Bizarre,” the Oddporium, on Marsh Road in Arden. Wow! I happened to have my kids with me and we spent quite a while exploring the weird and wonderful finds that owners Ken Schuler and Beth Ann Busch have collected and displayed. Some of the unique oddities include:

vintage embalming fluid bottles • a one-eyed pig in a jar • mourning pins • cabinet cards • medical tools • creepy photographs • old dolls • a real human skeleton • an embalmed cobra • old skulls, bones, and teeth • insects mounted in shadowboxes

The Oddporium not only carries objects suitable for a cabinet of curiosities, but also sells original artwork from local artists. I quickly discovered my new favorite artist, Gus Fink. I took photos of my two favorite pieces, as seen below.

Gus Fink artwork at the Oddporium

Gus Fink artwork at the Oddporium

Gus Fink artwork at the Oddporium

Gus Fink artwork at the Oddporium

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While there, I asked Ken if he thought my painting, Memento Mori #1, would be suitable for consignment at his shop. He said yes so we started the paperwork.

Memento Mori #1, detail

Memento Mori #1, detail


Just as we were finishing up, an interesting fellow came in and bought the painting! I was so shocked. But I was also really happy that someone else in the world like this painting since my husband hates it. (When I asked him to hang it up on the wall he said, “You mean right here where someone can see it?!”)

Memento Mori #1, a mixed media painting by Karen Furst of Trilby Works

Memento Mori #1, a mixed media painting by Karen Furst of Trilby Works

Now, off to create more in this series. Sorry, husband, you’ll be seeing more of these soon.

Memento Mori, A Mixed Media Painting

On my easel right now is this painting, in its final stages, that I’ve named Memento Mori, which means remember death. It’s got a sort of fiery palette with reds, yellows, browns, and orange. I’ve embedded some numbers and used tissue paper to add texture. At the bottom are three rows of skulls.

Memento Mori, Detail, Mixed Media Acrylic on Canvas by Karen Furst of Trilby Works

Memento Mori, Detail, Mixed Media Acrylic on Canvas by Karen Furst of Trilby Works

Memento Mori, Detail, Mixed Media Acrylic on Canvas by Karen Furst of Trilby Works

Memento Mori, Detail, Mixed Media Acrylic on Canvas by Karen Furst of Trilby Works

Memento Mori, Detail, Mixed Media Acrylic on Canvas by Karen Furst of Trilby Works

Memento Mori, Detail, Mixed Media Acrylic on Canvas by Karen Furst of Trilby Works

It’s not finished yet but it’s getting there, yay. Check back soon – I’ll post images when it’s done.

Antique Bronze Plated Skull Charms with Horns and Headdresses

I’ve written before about how I’ve embraced my inner ghoul and learned to love skulls. And now I have two new charms to play with. These are more in line with my favorite color palette: a bronze, weathered, worn brass color.

Skull with Horns Antique Bronze Plated Charm

Skull with Horns Antique Bronze Plated Charm

 

Skull with Headdress Antique Bronze Plated Charm

Skull with Headdress Antique Bronze Plated Charm

I can imagine using these in all sorts of fun projects. I think they have much more potential than as merely jewelry charms. I’d love to use them in a shadow box or as part of a paper clay sculpture – ideas abound!

HOW TO USE SKULLS IN YOUR ART

• Decorate your cell phone
• Add to a shadow box
• Make into a pendant necklace
• Glue to a hair barrette
• Embellish your backpack
• Use in your scrapbooking project

SKULL SYMBOLISM

The best webpage I’ve seen on this subject is at http://obsessedwithskulls.com/skull-symbolism.htm.

So come on, take a page from my book and embrace your inner dead!

WHERE TO BUY THEM

If you’d like to purchase these, they can be found in the CHARMS section of my store.

Flat Back Resin Skull Cabochon Charms

Wonderfully fun and quirky! Who doesn’t love a skull? Well, me! – until my son took a liking to them a few years ago. Since then, I’ve embraced my macabre side and jumped in to his skull-collecting activities with complete enthusiasm. (Not sure he’d be loving the pink ones though.)

Flat Back Resin Skull Cabochon Charm

Flat Back Resin Skull Cabochon Charm

DETAILS
The skulls are created from resin and are very sturdy and smooth to the touch. The backs are completely flat, perfect for gluing onto any type of surface mount. You can also glue two heads together for a sort of Linda Blair spinning head kind of look. I did this in my beaded skeleton project – see picture below. Skulls measure about 1 1/8″ long and almost 3/4″ wide. Sizes vary somewhat between items.

HOW TO USE SKULLS IN YOUR ART

• Decorate your cell phone
• Add to a shadow box
• Make into a pendant necklace
• Glue to a hair barrette
• Embellish your backpack
• Top cupcakes for a birthday party
• Use in your scrapbooking project
• Create custom Day of the Dead art

Beaded Skeleton Ornament

Beaded Skeleton Ornament

These are great for any craft project! Use your imagination! And if you make something cool, please send me a pic – I’d love to see your work!

Skull Symbolism

The best webpage I’ve seen on this subject is at http://obsessedwithskulls.com/skull-symbolism.htm.

So come on, take a page from my book and embrace your inner dead!

WHERE TO BUY THEM

Here, of course!!! I sell them in my Etsy shop and also here at TrilbyWorks.com.

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