Sunday, January 16, 2011

Giveaway Goodness!...

The artists of EHAG are kicking off the New Year in style with a *wicked* fun giveaway, which will run for the next two weeks!


Three fabulous prizes are up for grabs, and three lucky winners will be drawn on January 30th (the day before the first Emporium update of 2011!) Here are the goodies: "Gregory Gourdhead", an amazing original by Laurie Hardin of Monkey Cats Studio, a hauntingly beautiful and sparkly "Curious Eye" Halloween ornament, by Iva Wilcox of Iva's Creations and A wonderfully whimsical Halloween pumpkin ornie by David Everett of Chicken Lips... Simply enter by visiting EHAG's Emporium and leave us a comment! Best of Luck!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

An Interview with David Everett of Chicken Lips



David Everett is the imaginative artist behind the
California based




How would you describe your work?

I know the word is so over-used, but "whimsical" really seems to describe it best. A little bit of Halloween nostalgia, with a touch of humor.




How long have you been creating Halloween themed art?

The first Halloween pieces I made were back when I was 10 years old. I made some creepy shrunken apple-heads. All my friends wanted one! Since then, Halloween has always been my season of choice.




What do you consider your greatest creative challenge?

Keeping it fresh! Producing enough pieces for up to 5 shows a year and online sales, it is easy for the "creative well" to run dry. I constantly look for ways to get into the Halloween mood. Looking through Halloween publications, online searches, even visiting local vintage stores help to get my creative juices flowing.




What do you like most about being a member of EHAG?

The sense of community and camaraderie amongst the artists is priceless! We encourage each other to be better artists, to step outside our own comfort zones and really push ourselves to do the best we can do.




What was your favorite childhood costume, and why?

My mom made me a Mouse costume...gray felt, with big ears and a tail. I carried a big hunk of foam rubber cheese and had a mousetrap on my tail. Wow! I haven't thought of that in years! Gives me an idea for a new Halloween piece to work on ;)




Do you have any favorite Halloween Traditions?

I used to LOVE to decorate the outside of the house and scare the kids as they came to the door for candy! Hey, if you want candy from me, there is a price to pay! I know they loved it, because they always came back for more. Unfortunately, where I live now is too rural  - sadly, we just don't get the kids at our door anymore.




What are your artistic plans for the future?

I'm going to continue to work in papier-maché, developing new characters - maybe a few "darker" designs - but not completely abandoning the "whimsy."




"Open the Vault" - tell us a secret that not many people know about you.

I used to be a magician! I worked children's parties and special events. My claim to fame....I performed for the opening of a new Burger King (LOL!).




How do you balance your personal/professional life?

That's a tough one! Because I LOVE what I do, I want to do it all the time! I own my own graphic design company - http://www.dhedesign.com - and that takes up most of my day. My evenings and weekends are spent creating. As much as I love having my hands in the papier-maché, I have to force myself to get out and be social. It's so easy to lock yourself in your studio and never see the light of day. But it's the experiences outside our workspace that help to mould and shape us as artists.




What shows if any will you be participating in this year/next year?

So far, the confirmed shows are:
Glitterfest in March
Halloween and Vine in Sept.
Village Venture in Oct
The Harvest Festival in Dec.

You can check the Show Schedule on my web site for updates and new shows.



Follow David on his blog - http://chickenlipsfolkart.blogspot.com/


David's work is also available in his Etsy shop - http://www.etsy.com/shop/chickenlipsfolkart

At "SpookyTimeJingles" on the 13th of every month - http://spookytimejingles.com/userpages.php?usersearch=dhedesign

At "Arts a Flutter" on the 1st of every month - http://www.artsaflutter.com/intro.html

His work is also for sale at the EHAG Emporium - http://ehagemporium.blogspot.com/