It Caught Me on my Blind Side

 

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Do you love Mystery and Tales from Beyond?

 This is a true story that I’ve been meaning to write about for a long time. It involves the strange and perhaps the paranormal. (Ha!Playing it up a bit here.)

Our lives are often peppered with the unusual and coincidental and perhaps so much so we never really notice but once in a while something happens that seems so peculiar that we can’t ignore it; can’t forget it.

I’ve never seen a ghost or strange ‘alien’ objects in the skies.  There was, however, this one time that a bizarre coincidence took place regarding one of my paintings; namely, the ‘Blind Girl’ which you see above.

I had been watching on DVD a Brian Clemens series called Thriller.  These were British mystery stories and are still available on Amazon, I do believe.

About the same time I started painting cartoon-like pop art sort of in the fashion of Roy Lichenstein. I was inspired by a kind of film noir image on a box of DVD’s about movies of murder and mystery.  There was  a close up of a blonde woman with a Humphrey Bogart-like man just behind her holding a gun.  I started drawing the painting which would eventually be the the one you see above.

Here’s where coincidence or whatever you call it came in to play.  I had decided to skip an episode a while back of the thriller series.  I’m not sure why.  However I watched over time all of the episodes on disc except one called “The Eyes Have It”.

This is where it gets Spooky

One evening I was in my studio painting this painting I call “Blind Girl”.  I was drawing the hair around her face. I was in the zone as we say when things just seem to be flowing from one’s subconscious.  As I drew in the strokes of her hair all of a sudden as if beyond my control my hand made the brush strokes of her hair curling toward her face. Just one lock of hair that curled unnaturally without symmetry on the opposite side of her face. It seemed so perfect at the time to me and gave the entire painting meaning and gave her personality.

Satisfied with the result I left the studio and that evening- that very same evening I decided to relax and watch the unviewed episode left on the collection. ( Remember I had seen them all over time and had strangely skipped this one.)

The episode was centered mostly around a blind girl and when she first appeared on the screen I was blown away!  A chill ran up my back as if aware of another presence in the room.  You know the feeling.  Here’s what I saw!

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I couldn’t believe my eyes!

Except for the fact the image was reversed the likeness was uncanny!   Blue eyes, similar features and the colour of her sweater even matched the yellow of her hair in the painting but most of all there was this single curl of hair that I had painted already before ever seeing the show.  Had I watched that one episode earlier you could say I just copied it. You can see a trailer for the episode here.  It starred Sinead Cusack as the blind girl.

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Obviously I had to name the painting “Blind Girl”. The original painting is shown at the bottom.  The top one was simply a hand made copy by me.

So what do ya think?  No big deal or a little spooky?

Painting the repairs…more to follow.

Hi everyone.  This is a quick follow up to the last post, Repairing the Damage as well as a prelude to the final post tomorrow (Hallowe’en night).  As long as this Frankenstorm and Sandy doesn’t knock out my power I will show you the final assembly.  Be careful and be prepared if you can for these storms. Stay safe.

  

My idea ( for what it’s worth ) was to underpaint the structure with a greenish/aqua tint because the whole thing is based on a 1960’s horror thriller.  The final black, gray ,white ( monochromatic ) finish would be given a slight touch of magenta.  Magenta being that reddish hue we see on old TV sets .  Also the aqua green undertone would help neutralize the reddish hint while hiding the foam pink that any camera flashes might reach in and expose.

                  

          

It was a little difficult getting the hues to match.  The original grey paint was several years old and you can notice a slight shade of difference.  Here’s a final shot below.

So any ideas or guesses yet as to what movie I may have taken this from?  Don’t be afraid to guess.  After all it’s not like I’ll send Mother after you. Okay.  Tomorrow night then if the weather permits I will show you the entire display.  Maybe it’s just that I have one of those faces you can’t help believing. Another clue , by the way.  Later.

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Or how to  make a giant spider living in your stairway!

Below you’ll see some shots of how to assemble giant spider legs.  These are made from 4 store bought grim reaper  scythes (claws/talons), several foam pipe insulators ( 4 small -3 ft and 4 larger ones-6ft), about 5 cans of spray insulator foam, black , brown and silver spray paint, faux fur, clear vinyl tubes and wooden dowels.

First you cut a slit in the foam insulator and then insert the claw into the slit and hot glue it.  Clothes pins were temporary holds.  Trim off the excess grey plastic from the claw (heel). Outside lean the legs against a backdrop to catch overspray of foam.  The legs must be as horizontal as you can get them for the foam to stick.  With the larger upper leg parts I laid them on the grass.  This will take several coats. Let them dry some in between coats. Next take them outside and wearing a filter mask spray paint them.

Four of  the knees are made with this dowel and vinyl hose arrangement.

The four other knee joints were made by simply cutting a slit in the 6 ft foam insulators.  This allows the knees to bend without using dowels and hose.  In other words start to cut the pipe insulator as if you were going to cut it in half but only cut half way through allowing the pipe insulator to bend.

The legs are suspended with twine and fishing line.  I spun some fake webbing around the base of the legs to ‘hide’ the obvious fact that there is no more to the spider illusion than the legs.  You could hang strips of black material as well.  I was also planning on experimenting with a curtain rod ( telescopic type) that would span the opening of the stairs.  The legs then could have ‘dangled’ from this move-able rod.  Another tip is to use H2O Krylon low odor spary paint.  It dries really fast and leaves little noticeable fumes.

A final combined photo that includes some friends of my daughter that enjoyed Boris the Spider during her Hallowe’en party. This is a project I wanted to undertake for a couple of years and I’m glad I got a chance to do it.  Hope you enjoyed it and that it gives you some ideas for your own projects.  You can adapt things to what you have on hand.  You could use flexible (accordian) hose for knees, etc.  I also inserted small dowels in each section of leg to help strengthen them.  Good luck!  Happy Hallowe’en!!!!!