Tuesday, June 7, 2011

When it's hot outside...

...it can get a little spooky inside Casa Smallcomb. While Barbie is off at the 'spa' getting her new look, I decided to play with textures on canvas. I decided what these little canvases needed was some skelliness.

This one is called "Home, Sweet Home". I used all sorts of gel mediums, and tissue paper and crackle on the canvas before I added the sweet little skelly girl.
"Best Friends"

These are small canvases, about 3 x 5. They are the perfect size for spooky little experiments.

"Lou Anne"
You can see the paper doily I used in the background. One thing I am learning, if I want the background to have any color left after I crackle-finish it, I have to start with really bright colors. The background colors for Lou Anne were bright red and yellow.

Okay, that's enough weirdness for now. I'll go call the spa and see how Barbie is doing.


  1. OMG!!!!
    I love them Pam!
    I'm glad it's hot out and Casa Smallcomb is breaking into the weird and wonderful world of crackle and paint and skellies!!

    Anne....who needs more than the spa, like, the nuthouse....

  2. You are a genius WOMAN! And a very good friend too♥ I love your skellies or is it skellys and I and the rest of the modern world thank you for saving frighteningly sweet dolls and transforming them into warriors to be reckoned with. I CANNOT wait to see!!!
    Thanks so much Pam, not only for visiting the auction, but for leaving such encouraging remarks for all...LOVE YOU!!!

  3. These are FREAKIN' AWESOME!!!!!!!
    My mind just melts into a puddle of grey matter and yours bubbles up into brillance!
    :D - Cindi

  4. How do you do it Pam? your vision is so full of whimsy and imagination. It's so impressive to see what you come up with day after day. I don't know how you do it, really!

    These are awesome (a little scary) okay, a lot scary, but awesome!

  5. OMG, I love these little gems!! The doily texture is genius! I was wondering how you got the gel medium in such a perfect pattern until I read further :P

    Wow! These will be scooped up fast if you're listing them on Etsy.

    I can't wait to see creeped out Barbie and the triplets!!



  6. it really DOES add to the skelliness. I like the lace background best. HOW in the heck do you do it all? wunderkind.

  7. Ooooooh, I love all the texture in these. And the overall effect...antique tongue-in-cheek? :~) Awesome.

  8. Creepy!! Absolutly freaky!! Love the Skellies. Great technique.

  9. Pam, so scary and wonderful, twisted after my own heart :-). Lou Anne is my favorite. keep cool. xoxo

  10. Very cute, Pam.


  11. PAM PAM PAM...these are AWESOME!!! I love Lil Lou Anne and I think the end piece looks just like it should. Your imagination never ceases to amaze me my friend.


  12. Stopping by to say hi! Love the skellies, especially the last one.

  13. Pam..these are just AMAZING!!I dont think I closed my mouth once while looking at these beauties..the backgrounds..wow..really..love love love them.Congrats!!Hugs,Cat

  14. Cool stuff Pam ! The second picture could be called "My Skellie Sister"...
    Love the doilies on the backgrounds - done like this, with crackle etc, they look kind of like cogs, wheels and metal pieces. A bit "steampunk skellie" perhaps...

  15. Hello everyone! Thank you for your lovely comments. We are melting here in MD, so I am hiding in the laboratory and drinking iced tea with Igor.

    Anne - you know as well as I do that it's always weird here. Birds of a feather, etc. :)

    Lisa - Aw, thank you so much! I am going to go back and drool all over the shrines. It's times like this I wish I was rolling in $$. :)

    Cindi - I am melting, too. And it is going to be even hotter tomorrow. Thank you thank you! I
    had so much fun making them, I am making more! Bwa haha! :)

  16. Lori- They are very friendly skelly people, so don't worry. And thank you! Sometimes, I feel like I flip back and forth between projects too much, but eventually something gets finished!

  17. Lo - it's very therapeutic! Lol! I hope I can get to Barbie soon, and the little triplets, too. Bwa hahaha back atcha! (And thank you!)

    Jan - yes, kind of an altered past. I mean, skellys and the undead have ancestors, too, right? :))

    Maddy - thanks so much! I love skellys, too. I have been thinking a lot about Halloween. Can you tell? :)

    Annie - We are sweltering here! Is it hot there, too? Stay cool and thank you, thank you!

    Georgina - thank you! I LOVE your shrine! Beautiful work. :)

    Regina - Thank you so much! I love seeing what you are up to as well. I hope you are getting lots of play time in!

    Caroline - thank you for stopping by and for the lovely words.

  18. Cat - thank you so much! I am inspired by all my bloggie pals, like you. :)

    Lizzie - You and I are thinking the same thing, my friend. I am thinking steampunk next round. I have to see what I can find to add in. But you're right, the doily does look a little gear-like. :)

  19. Hi Pam!

    Oh! I love these, so very spooooookkkkyyy! tremble tremble

    You must tell me what steam punk is, I keep seeing the words everywhere and this old lady hasn't got a clue. I know I am enjoying everything with the label but can't figure out the meaning. ACK! no fun to be old and out of it.

    Time is so very weird for me ... I can't believe it's nearly the weekend again and yet it also feels as if time has been suspended and I'm/it's, not moving forward AT ALL.

    Is it due to lack of chocolate you 'spose???!

    Happy Thursday,
    Sally xoxoxo

  20. OMG, for a moment i thought you were posting private photos of me on a busy day. but it turned out to be lou ann....

    i love that you are so versatile. i can't get into these skellies (except my own beloved emily plush) and they ARE scary if you ask me (did you) :^), but i just love the responses you get from all your friends here.

    love love love pam.
    i mean it!

  21. Sally - when all else fails, quote wikipedia!

    "Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s.[1] Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy."

    I always think of it like Jules Verne meets high tech. :)

  22. Kj - The last one is ME. Bad hair and cranky from the heat. :) Skellys, etc. always get an interesting reaction from people. I never like to go completely 'dark' with my stuff, but I do like to make things that go bump in the night. :) It's my own little form of therapy, I guess. Then after a few of these, I'll want to make something sweet. It's like eating something sour and then craving something sweet! lol! Love back atcha.

  23. Pamee.....yes, here I am......late again! All of these Opera rehearsals are shifting my sleep hours....home really late....then sleeping later in the a.m.

    I LOVE your new Skellies!!!!!! My humour IS as dark as yours m' dear! (I guess that's scary to most, ha-ha!)

    And... I was recently at the "Spa"...and saw Barbie! Woo-hoo! She looks amazing!!!!

    Love from foggy, cold, San Francisco!

    ♥ Robin ♥

  24. Spook-A-Licious for sure!! I love them. They have such personality. You are such a genius you really are. I had to come and check up on one of the most talented people on the plant. Hope that you are doing well. Missing you today and wishing you so much joy and rest.

  25. I am so in love with these canvas pieces you are doing! Oh my goodness! I've died and gone to heaven. I have always loved your dolls and paintings, but these multi-media pieces have totally swooned me! More, more, more! I don't know that I've met anyone so talented in so many ways, Pam, Goddess you are.

    Have a great weekend!

  26. Home Sweet Home made me shiver and Best FRiends made me giggle, so now I'm thinking your art is actually maybe perhaps a
    Rorschach test, or in your case, perhaps
    a Roar Shock test ??? What do you think
    you see ???
    tee hee

  27. Mwahahahahaaaaabahahahahaha! These are so eerie cool fantastic! Writing, sewing, painting, sculpting.... you are the rare quadruple threat!

  28. I got up this morning and read your comment on the blog and I have been laughing all morning. YOU ARE HILARIOUS!!! Oh my goodness you are crazy just like meeeeee! Who knew? he he he he he he! I really don't know my name. I don't know my butt from head it's so much stuff. I got the main places done, but that studio of mine...... well... where's my stuff? Why on earth did you pack it in that box silly? @#$@! It goes on and on. Sounds like you have seen this movie before? he he he he he he! Best to you my friend. Keep making me laugh!

  29. Cooly spooky stuff! I particularly like the sweet skelly girl ;)

  30. Hi Pam!
    Love these new pieces, you certainly have been busy... i wondered if you could please give me a tip on how you create such nice photos for your etsy shop?? i love how the background is so white is blends straight into the listing.. is struggle with mine and would love to have any tips you might have! thanks and keep up the great work! Madeline

  31. Pam I love these, they are just wonderful and so fun!!!
    The backgrounds are amazing.


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