Hallowe’en backgrounds

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Autumn on DeviantArt

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Colors of the Autumn by *WiciaQ

You can’t have Hallowe’en without autumn. The colour of the fallen leaves, the crispness in the air, it’s all part of the anticipation of Hallowe’en for me, so I thought I would share some autumnal images courtesy of DeviantArt.

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Be My Autumn ~Ameliethe

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Eros by ~Ameliethe

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H by *anotherwanderer

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Autumn by ~Moonlilith91

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Autumn Forest by *kayceeus

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Autumn by ~Neitheea

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Autumn by ~Basistka

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Autumn Ethereal -IV- by *alexandre-deschaumes

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An Autumn Night by *Zindy

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Autumn Portal by =Whendell

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Autumn by ~pauljavor

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Autumn’s Awakening by ~elestrial

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Where Autumn Strolls by *elanordh

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Autumn Trees by `scotto

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Autumn Interlude by =arianereis

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Here  Comes Autumn by *Zindy

Ana Cruz Arts ~ Tales of a Secret Realm

It is with much excitement and delight that I have been reading the news about the wonderfully talented Ana Cruz releasing her first art book.

I have previously blogged about Ana Cruz’s stunning gothic art and I have impatiently waited for an art book to add to my fantasy/gothic art library.

Ana released a beautiful teaser of the book, due for release very soon.

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It looks gorgeous. It will be available in paperback and hardback. I’m hoping to purchase the hardback. I can’t wait to curl up with this accompanied by some ethereal music.

And with Hallowe’en being in the recent past, this image has been my favourite of the season.

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I had some wonderful artists to draw inspiration from for my wedding dress and Ana was one of them as I love the gowns in her paintings.

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Keep an eye on Ana’s Facebook page for more details regarding the release of her exciting new book.

Festive Fantasy Art

This festive season has been very busy, but in a good way. I’ve attended some wonderful concerts like Carols by Candlelight by the sublime Mozart Festival Orchestra. That certainly helped to get into the festive spirit.

At this time of year, I love the wonderful festive fantasy art around, particularly of dragons by the likes of Gothic artist Anne Stokes. If only this little fella could be found in my Christmas stocking!


I love depictions of cosy festive scenes, they make me feel safe and warm, and adding that fantastical element with mischievous dragons amidst the brightly coloured Christmas paper just adds to the whole magic of the season.

Anne Stokes also has a wonderful talent for presenting incredibly touching scenes of dragon companionship and she recently created this beautiful festive image that I immediately fell in love with the intimacy of the scene.

Magical snowy scenes are also beautifully rendered by Stokes, and they’re the kind of images that really make me feel nostalgic about fantasy lands like Narnia and trying to get there as a child by playing in the wardrobe.

For Christmas, I got a beautiful black porcelain cat from my sister-in-law. I’ve had some beautiful black cats over the years and it was the perfect gift for a black cat lover.

Since I recently discovered the delightful Fortuna the Cat by Ash Evans, I was obviously very pleased that the little critter was depicted in some festive images!

I’m hoping that this Christmas, I’ll be able to get some of these images as prints and add them to our festive decorations.

I hope 2012 is a good year for everyone. Best wishes!

Hallowe’en & Black Cats

Okay, so I know I’m beyond late with a Hallowe’en art post when we’re now so close to Christmas. The wedding (which will have its own post very soon) in October pretty much meant that I had no head space or time for anything else, and I only feel like now I can think about anything else!

Recently, I came across the darling creation of Ash Evans; Fortuna the Cat. I seem to be big on black cat art at the moment which fits so well with my love of Hallowe’en in general.

I always get so nostalgic in autumn and around Hallowe’en especially. I always disappear into my childhood memories of reading The Worst Witch books and making Hallowe’en costumes and masks. It might seem silly to some, but I just love pumpkins and bats and witches on broomsticks and haunted houses.

I stumbled accidentally upon the art of Jeremiah Morelli and immediately fell in love with his evocative Hallowe’en paintings.

Black cats have a special place in my heart and I love my own darling boy, Aragorn. I love the wonderfully playful images of Fortuna the Cat. That hat!

Jeremiah Morelli’s black cats remind me of my Aragorn which is why I think I fell in love with this picture:

Perhaps I might get round to some Christmas themed art and actually do the post at the right sort of time!

“The falling leaves drift by my window….”

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Autumn has to be my favourite season. For me, it’s filled with so much romance and promise. I love the cold, crisp days. Something about seeing roads carpeted in crackling leaves filled with so many hues of orange, brown and red make me feel so content. I often marvel about the beauty I see in Autumn.

I love being able to bundle up in woolly hats and scarves. I get so much satisfaction in just being outside on an bright, cold Autumn day.

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I felt like I had to do some sort of personal ode to Autumn, with it being Autumn now. I try my best not to take things for granted and enjoy the things I love “in the moment”, to avoid as many regrets as possible. I don’t think there is anything sadder than lamenting missed opportunities or for not seeing something for being as special as it was.

Yesterday, my partner and I went for a pub lunch. Nothing out of the ordinary or particularly spectacular, but it was a lovely day and we really enjoyed our walk to and from the pub. We walked hand in hand and used the moment to smile and be happy and talk about our shared interests.

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I always tend to feel nostalgic and wistful at this time of year. It is usually at this time of year that I dig out the Tania Kindersley books and listen to artist’s like Eva Cassidy. Her version of Autumn Leaves holds a very special place in my heart:

The falling leaves drift by my window
The falling leaves of red and gold
I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sunburned hands I used to hold

Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song
But I miss you most of all, my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall


Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song
But I miss you most of all, my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall

I miss you most of all, my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall

I’ve always held a child-like delight where Hallowe’en is concerned. I know most people see it as a terribly commercial event, but I sort of love that. I love walking past shops and seeing the windows filled with bats, pumpkins and black cats. I love the drama and mystery that I still attach to Hallowe’en. I have fond memories of making ghost masks with my younger brother, or reading my Worst Witch books.

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I tend to feel over-excited in the run up to Hallowe’en, even if I don’t have any plans. I do love buying Hallowe’en decorations, buying themed cakes and snacks, playing atmospheric music, watching spooky films, curling up on a dark, cold night, in the corner of the sofa with a gothic novel, like Dracula.

I suppose a part of me will never quite grow up, and I cling to that. I want to still be wanting to have Hallowe’en themed parties and buying trinkets and decorations.

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