Swamp Witch.

Meanwhile, deep in the swamp . . .

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“Go forth, my child!”

“Stay off the track to Hattie’s shack, in the back of the Black Bayou.”

Lyrics from Swamp Witch, Jim Stafford, 1974.

Check out the entire recording matched with some cool artwork on Youtube.

Photo by Dark Oak Creations.

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Spring has Sprung.

The ice has melted. Some one did not use enough chain and concrete block.  Rookies.

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When the ice melts, winter’s secrets are revealed.                                             Dark Oak Creations, 2017.

“Take away the horror of the situation. Take away the tragedy of her death. Take away all the moral and ethical considerations you’ve had drummed into you since childhood, and what are you left with? A 105 lb. problem.”

Kyle Fisher, Very Bad Things
–from TVtropes.
When I go on a wandering photo shoot, I never know what I’ll find. Enjoy.
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Jack o’ Lantern

I often have left over spray or hard foam from a large project.

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01/2017 It is never too early to start Halloween!

I dislike wasting materials or time.

The “leftover” extra raw foam I put to use getting a start on smaller projects like this Jack o’ Lantern. Jack will become the head of a scarecrow by September. Also, it is almost impossible to create a Halloween type project without becoming excited for the witching season all over again. Benefits all around!

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Photo Shoot.

I had been cooped up all week, sculpting a tabletop-sized figure in clay.

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U. S. Marine woman. The first sculpt in a military series by Dark Oak Creations (I don’t always do Spooky).

Working small always tests my work ethic. Some sculptors can work in miniature and love it. Me, I love to sculpt, but my style and nature wants big, expansive gestures. So when, after four days of being diligent, good boy sculptor, my wife announces she’s working from home on Friday, there was only one thing to do.

Road trip! 

Wilderness Photo Shoot.

After taking my wife to lunch (I’m not stupid), I loaded the props up and set out for the woods.

It was 63 degrees Friday afternoon. In Missouri, in mid-February, the first thing I see as I  step into the field is a snake. A freaking little stripped snake slithering out of my path. I chose to take this as a good omen instead of worrying about Global Warming.

Field work always takes much more time than I think it will. I did not get to all the locations I had in-mind. I did manage to get some “shooting” accomplished. Enjoy.

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Monster in the slough. Dark Oak Creations.

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Monster in the slough with places to go.

 

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Stay out of these woods, kids.

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“Somebody back east is sayin’ “Why don’t he write?”– Tmmons, from Dances with Wolves.

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Stake out.

Sometimes, I get the urge to leave some of my less expensive props on site, or even stage them at some particular location (not where auto traffic could see it, though. Don’t want accidents). I’m sure I am not the first prop artist to feel this impish impulse.

Perhaps, one day, one evening, when the sun is dying on the horizon and the purple dusk creeps from the shadowed wood, I will give in to that sibilant whisper. Yes, perhaps the whispering imp will seduce me, and I leave a Horrible peeking from behind a tree in the park.

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Wednesday Bat Droppings

The aracni-ape

. . . sprang from a doodle sketch, a bat dropping. The more I looked at the beast, the more I wanted to bring it to life. I kept thinking what a fearsome creature this would be, all those sharp legs and claws ripping at you, the teeth snapping at your face and throat.

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Aracni-ape concept sketch. Dark Oak Creations.

Someone said he would hate to be in my head. That’s okay; it’s pretty crowded in there already.

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Close up concept sketch of attacking aracni-ape.

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Aracni-ape by Dark Oak Creations

I will leave another dropping. Perhaps one day, this creature will “live” as well.

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Concept sketch of Bat Beast, Dark Oak Creations.

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Halloween Mini-Monsters

Gee, Uncle Dark Oak, why don’t you ever make something for us?

 

Two little nieces, both deserving to be spoiled to the limit and who know more about horror

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Broken Bonds. And, hungry!

movies than this old man, asked for some “horribles.”

Halloween was shuffling at a deceptively fast pace toward me. I grabbed some sticks and glue and got busy.

I managed to snap these shots before sending the creations off to the girls.

 

These were fun to make. Perhaps one day I will have time to indulge myself and make more of these little wall-hangers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crazy lil’ winged thing. I cheated and used a store-bought skull.

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A Closer Look at the Escaping Prisoner.

God, I love Halloween.

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