Monthly Archives: October 2012

Devil’s Night

#29 is Devil’s Night. In Southeast Michigan on October 30th, the night before Halloween was known as Devil’s Night. During the 70s and 80s what started as a night of mischief got out of control as whole neighborhoods burned to the ground. Luckily this trend died off in the 1990s because of patrolling and awareness in high crime areas.
8″ x 8″ acrylic on canvas.
Original painting by Devon Devereaux

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Jack (O Lantern)

#28 is Jack (O-Lantern) This is a great story of the origin of Jack I “borrowed” from Wikipedia:
The story of the carved vegetable as a lantern comes in many variants and is similar to the story of Will-o’-the-wisp retold in different forms across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. An old Irish folk tale tells of Stingy Jack, a lazy yet shrewd farmer who uses a cross to trap the Devil. One story says that Jack tricked the Devil into climbing an apple tree, and once he was up there Jack quickly placed crosses around the trunk or carved a cross into the bark, so that the Devil couldn’t get down. Another tale says that Jack put a key in the Devil’s pocket while he was suspended upside-down.

Jack only lets the Devil go when he agrees never to take his soul. After a while the thief died, as all living things do. Of course, his life had been too sinful for Jack to go to heaven; however, the Devil had promised not to take his soul, and so he was barred from hell as well. Jack now had nowhere to go. He asked how he would see where to go, as he had no light, and the Devil mockingly tossed him an ember that would never burn out from the flames of hell. Jack carved out one of his turnips (which were his favorite food), put the ember inside it, and began endlessly wandering the Earth for a resting place. He became known as “Jack of the Lantern”, or Jack-o’-lantern.

Original painting on canvas 8″ x 8″ by Devon Devereaux available in my ETSY shop.

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John Carpenter

#27 is my favorite Horror movie director, John Carpenter. Not only is this man responsible for the classic horror movie “Halloween”, He also brought us “The Thing”, “In the Mouth of Madness”, “The Fog” and too many to name here.
Original painting on canvas. 8″ x 8″ by Devon Devereaux available on ETSY.

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Zombie

#26 in the Halloween Series is the Zombie. The month is almost over and I’ve done most of the popular monsters. How could I forget the Zombie. I am a fan of the Old school zombie movies like White Zombie and Night of the Living Dead, but recently I think Walking Dead kills them all.
Original painting on canvas. 8″ x 8″ by Devon Devereaux

Available at Etsy!

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#25 Candy Corn

#25 in the Halloween series is Candy Corn. Who doesn’t love candy corn? Original 8″ x 8″ painting on canvas by Devon Devereaux

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#24 Monster Mash

Everyone loves a good Halloween dance party. No party is complete without doing the Monster Mash! Original painting by Devon Devereaux. Acrylic on canvas 8″ x 8″ available on ETSY.

 

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#22 Samhain

#22 is Samhain.  The ancient Druids believed that The end of October was when the veil between the living and the spirit world was at its thinest.

 

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The Happy Rangers

Illustration for the Portland Mercury:

Despite the PBA’s fears, a gentler touch succeeds in Portland’s parks.

via The Happy Rangers.

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#21 Pumpkin Patch

#21 is The pumpkin patch. Its always one of my favorite things to do in October. Original painting available on ETSY.

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