This week our art is a possibly-too-cleverly-titled mixed media piece based on a stray photo from eight years ago.

The model is Penny Maple, and the photo dates back to a long ago Halloween edition of Dr. Sketchy’s (eight years ago this week, in fact), which was held at the former location of the Kanawha Player’s theater. Last week I hooked up a long-dormant hard drive and discovered a huge stash of images from that night. Having found these, “saved” as it were on an old drive inspired me to go back and see what I might find that could inspire new artworks. I’d already done one of my favorite pieces of art from this session, but this time I was going to try to just do a straight portrait, without the Halloweenish overtones.

I did a quick ballpoint-pen sketch while looking at the photo on the PC, then scanned it back into the computer and painted over it digitally, while changing Penny’s ghoul make-up to more, ah, non-ghoulish hues.  I decided to play down the macabre theme. I hope Penny forgives me. The end result is a painting of a lovely lady, reclining with no zombie or ghoul overtones.

If you wish, you can click this image to see it bigger.

Meanwhile, over in radio-land, Monday on The AIR, our Monday Marathon presents eight hours of Special Halloween programming beginning at 7 AM. This is our preview of our big Halloween marathon programming blitz, which will begin in earnest next week. You might get a couple of hints about it this week, though. At 3 PM, we will re-present a Halloween episode of Prognosis, featuring two hours of music from the band, Goblin.

You can listen to The AIR at the website, or on this embedded radio player…