Henwoodie is ready for the holidays!


It takes about a week to get Henwoodie completely ready for the holidays.  We put the last finishing touches on the decorations last night, got all the candles in the windows, and settled down with the pups and nice cheery fire in the fireplace and watched The Holly and the Ivy (1952 black and white Christmas movie).   Now that the house is decorated I can concentrate on drawing and painting in the studio.

The dining room is always finished first.   The Christmas china and silver will be brought out for the meals eaten in this room.

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Snowy Christmas Tree Day!


The best kind of weather when you are buying the Christmas tree is a SNOWY DAY!   We got about 10″ of snow the day we bought our Christmas tree.   It added more magic to the day and was just perfect!

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Staining the custom-made coffins


I found a wonderful couple of artists in Michigan on Etsy that custom-made six coffins for the collection.   Thank you Dan and Neysa!  Three 13″ coffins and three 9″ coffins.  The coffins are called “toe pinchers”.  The craftsmanship is amazing on these coffins and I had a great time staining them.   Ruby red shimmering velvet is used to line the coffins once the vampyres are placed in them.Screen Shot 2019-10-07 at 8.55.29 PMIMG_7937-1IMG_7933IMG_7932-1IMG_7935IMG_7936IMG_7937IMG_7938IMG_7939

The Vampire Collection Grows!


I’m having a great time searching for, and finding, odds and ends to go with my vampires: Nosferatu, Vampire Grygor, and Vampire Capolan.   Bats, bat cages, keys, skulls, bones, miniature tarot decks, trunks, candles, lockets, rats, etc.  I’m having several custom built coffins made for the 12″ Nostferatu.

It really is an international scavenger hunt conducted on the Internet and in person.

I am having a great time making the miniature maps, documents, bottle labels, relics, etc.

We have done a few photoshoots with John’s big camera and candlelight  Great photos!

Here are a few of the photos from that photoshoot:



And with my iPhone here are a few photos showing the details of the collection:


Slowly coming together…


The miniature medieval books arrived today and they are perfect!  I will age the pages a bit more and have slipped in loose pages of my own making.  Later this fall I will design and build the vault and display diorama for Vampire Capolan and all his accessories.


A Wee Break from the Drawing Board


It’s never taken me so long to finish a simple picture book.   After having had the massive heart attack in Iceland last year I do find it more difficult at times to sit for endless hours drawing cute, quirky goslings.  I love Pearl but I will be so happy once she is off to Boston.

Meanwhile…I found a fantastic vampire figure on the internet and absolutely love him!  For the moment I call him Vampire Capolan for some odd reason.  I will give him a more suitable name once I have a chance to give it some real thought.  The details on the vampire and the coffin are fantastic!   And I spent a grand total of $28 for them.

I bought a thin silky piece of blood red velvet to line the coffin to make Vampire Capolan more comfortable.   But something was still missing.   He needed old maps, money, documents, castle plans, letters, envelopes, posters, etc.   It only took me a few hours to find the appropriate images on the internet, reduce them down, print them, cut them out (or tear the edges to give a deckle effect), and antique them.  I also found an artist on Etsy that makes miniature leather bound medieval books!

I also found the perfect miniature wooden trunk in the studio that holds all the papers.

Here are the photos.