What The Scarecrow Sees
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Well it’s safe to say, in Ireland this year, we’ve had NO summer.
Now I know we like to say that every year but this time it’s true. I can’t remember a non-season like this – ever. It does, however have it’s perks…
For people such as myself who come to life when the winds are howling, blowing leaves about like confetti and carrying with them THAT smell, the smell of Autumn, this year we can embrace it with no guilt, no shame and no sorrow for what we leave behind…and no-one can say a word!
I was born in the Autumn and I’m pretty sure that has coloured my perception of it because even though it meant going back to school which was the worst thing imaginable, right slap bang in the middle of it was my birthday. Not only that but my favourite day of the entire year lay in wait as Autumn turned the world orange, red and gold. That day is of course, Hallowe’en.
Every now and then you spend a perfect day with your favourite people doing your favourite thing and you realise what you’ve spent your whole life working on has been worthwhile.
I had one of these last weekend.
When my friends’ kitchen cabinet unscrewed itself from the wall and unceremoniously launched itself and all of it’s glass contents onto the floor, smashing everything in it and pulling a light and cable along for the ride, you wouldn’t have thought it would have lead to one of those perfect days.
After the clean up operation my friends decided to create something positive from the incident so they called me and asked would I paint them a mural. They wanted a climbing rose creeping up the wall with plaster cracking and breaking off revealing bricks underneath.
Of all the classic creatures of the night, I’ve always been drawn to the werewolf the most. I love all the old Universal monster movies and more and more lately they’ve been creeping into my art. It was always going to happen I suppose and I have to say I’m enjoying the hell out of myself.
I remember like it was yesterday, the first horror film I was allowed to watch. Our house was being renovated at the time and my whole family (all eight of us) were living in two rooms while the building work was going on. It was approaching Hallowe’en which has always been celebrated in my house and we were getting into the spirit of things, pun firmly intended, as the scary movies started. Everyone sat around the telly to watch John Carpenter’s Halloween (how appropriate!) and I sat down too hoping my mother wouldn’t notice. She did but as there was nowhere to send me so she had to reluctantly let me watch it. She warned me I’d have nightmares and she was right but at that stage I didn’t care, I had seen my future, I had found my new favourite thing! Well, my new favourite thing has stayed with me my whole life, as have specific scenes from that film. Last year my wife and I went to Universal and Disneyworld for our honeymoon and on 30th October, the night before Hallowe’en, we were chased by Micheal Myers, all boiler-suited and booted and larger than life. A nightmare come true.
I’ve been developing an idea for a few months now and a short while ago decided it was time to take the plunge and kick it into action, otherwise I may never do anything with it and that would be a shame. I had been coming up with a way to celebrate the classic monsters but with a new twist. After a few scrapped ideas I created “The Hollowhill All-stars Monsters’ Sports Academy”!