Monday, February 22, 2010

Dani's visit and a trip to Robert's!

Dani Nelson, owner/founder of SpookyTime Jingles and incredible artist in her own right visited me last week and we had an amazing time! Dani was an easy guest, she is an absolute riot to hang out with! She and I hit some thrift stores, shared some art techniques, planned for some upcoming shows, and generally laughed a LOT! Here below are some examples of her crazy talent...

I just LOVE this freaky pumpkin...
she is a master with paper clay!
We had fun collaborating on this little ornie...we took a small unfinished sculpted moon from my studio and Dani sanded, painted, and made the hat...so it is my moon in HER style! I love it and have it sitting on my studio shelf as a fun reminder of our week together. I cannot wait to see her again at the National Halloween Convention the first weekend of May or possibly sooner! It was uplifting having another creative and artistic spirit around. I felt like my eyes were opened to new possibilities...so many ideas came into my head while she was here, and it was just plain FUN to work even briefly with another artist. I have to say Miss Dani is cooler than a fan and our meeting last year and ensuing friendship has been an true gift!

Here are some more of her pieces...

Speaking of "Halloween Fanatics" we got an invite from THE Halloween Fanatic himself!
It turns out Mr. Robert Brawley lives about 40 minutes away, North of here near Statesville, N.C. Dani and I were thrilled to make the short trip to visit Robert and his family. Robert's collection was sooooo fun to pour through...
Here he is with Dani...

and with me, holding a little moon ornament I brought him...


I was first blown away by these two large paintings, first thing you see right when you walk through his front door. They were done by Robert in college, but I believe he has real talent as a painter and should keep it up! Go Robert, GO!!


And here is one of Robert's cupid sculptures, we really like these too...

Robert is both an AVID holiday art collector and a holiday artists himself! Here is a piece by Flora of Bonehead Studios he had out on the table that I was so in love with...


Here he holds a commissioned piece of his dog, twinkle, by David of Chickenlips!

It was such a treat to see his vast collection and his own works of art.
Thanks Robert for a great time!!

8 comments:

Dustin Pearson Harlan said...

It was a real treat to meet Dani! Looks like Robert has a fine art collection!

Chicken Lips said...

What fun!!!!

Sweet B Folk Art said...

Ooooh - I just want to squeeze that pumpkin and make his eyes pop out - is that weird?

- cool chicken lips container too.


See you soon lady!

Flora said...

Brandi,
I only know Robert from emails and FB and I tell ya he is so sweet and seems very genuine,
I think he is one of my most favorite people!!! You were very fortunate to be able to get to meet both Dani and Robert and to live close enough to do it often...
Blessings,Flora

~dani~ said...

Aww..you are too sweet for words my dearie. I had a blast with you and the the entire family. You make me want to move south ;)

Robert was another sweet one. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet him and his art collection.

A trip I will not soon forget~

Shes Off Her Rocker said...

Sweet B...yeah me too! She is so good!

Shes Off Her Rocker said...

Flora...yes, I know! Robert is so genuine, kind, and truly just in love with all things art. He was just a sweetheart all around. And Miss Dani...I met her for the first time at the Convention last year..been smitten ever since..she is the best....you have to meet her....hope you will be able to be at some shows this year!
I bet you're pretty wonderful to meet yourself!!!

Shes Off Her Rocker said...

Dani!!! Next time I have to show you around better! That would be AWESOME!!