Monday, October 31, 2011


I love Ghost Stories. I always have. When I was a kid, I read The Canterbury Ghost over and over. One of my favorite things to watch was the "Creature Feature" on TV.  Don't even get me started on Edgar Allan Poe!...  (they are making a movie- John Cusack as Poe... (Poe is suddenly sexy? I'll go with that, Mr. Cusack... I've been waiting for you to call me for like 30 years)

I am MADLY anticipating Daniel Radcliffe in THIS . - ghost stories... not gore, not slash- I have no interest in "Saw Anything".... but give me a creepy, old, dilapidated house at the end of the block.... and I'm there.

My daughter, Mags, has a best friend who devours the Goose Bumps books. Mags thinks they are too scary- ???? - crazy kid. Last Year for Halloween, I gave her this book:

by Robert D. San Souci, illustrated by Kelly Murphy, Antoine Revoy

She loved it.

This year - we will read by the fireplace  in the dark....

by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Brett Helquist

The fun! The Thrills! The Chills!

Give your kid a real TREAT this Halloween... give them a -scary- book! creeps
And leaps and glides and slides...
...Across the floor....
...Right through the door....
....And all around the wall....
...A splotch, a blotch ...

......Be careful of the blob 

Happy Hauntings this Halloween!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

C- Unacceptable! Please Re-do the assignment, I mean, doodle.

Your Crit- should you choose to accept it...
What was going on Kelly? this drawing was all kinds of wonky last night.
You could say it's only the third drawing you have done on your Cintiq- and you are still not used to it. Perhaps you are sitting too close, zooming in too much and not out enough. AND your chair is too low. 

BUT those would all be excuses. No excuses for bad anatomy- not for you.

Please read comments and fix your work .

Much better! I wish you had taken this much time last night to complete your doodle before posting. Remember - needing art for your blog is not a reason for bad art. Whatever you put out there - it's got your name on it.

Her head is still a little big- but it's just a doodle.

Now get back to work.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Today's Doodle - Jedi Jane

I am getting out my red pen and critting the hell
out of myself. 
Stay Tuned.
Today's doodle was brought to you by my husband. In a vain attempt to hold on to his Sci-Fi dominance over our child, He told her a mash-up Austen/Star Wars bed time story last night.

As he turned out the light and said "Sweet Dreams".... the 11 year old turned over on her pillow and said, "That was the stupidest thing I have ever heard."

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I’m having a dinner party in The Hereafter.

You are cordially invited to a Dinner Party in The Hereafter

Friday Night
5:30 PM cocktails
7:00 PM Dinner

Attire- come as you are for it is just how I like you.

I’m having a dinner party in The Hereafter.

My guest list tickles me so.

There will be such talk and an abundance of laughter and perhaps a bit of friendly debate.

The table will be large and round. The room is lit by the stars.

The menu is of no matter- we each shall have our favorites.

You are all the center pieces of my table.

I shall set our your place cards, if only to be able to write your names- but do, feel free to move about.

There need be no end to our fun, as time no longer matters.

The Guest List to whet your appetite:

John Lennon

Norman Rockwell

Jane Austen

Maxfield Parrish

Charles Schulz

Chuck Jones

Walt Disney

Jesse Wilcox Smith

Harvey Pikar

Steve Jobs

Lucille Ball

Oscar Wilde

George Harrison

Audrey Hepburn

Emily Dickinson

Jimmy Stewart

Billy Holiday

George Gerswhin

Al Hirschfeld

Walt Kelly

Beatrix Potter

Theodor Geisel

Coco Chanel

Katherine Hepburn

Humphrey Bogart

Mel Blanc

Julia Childs

Jackie Gleason

Mrs. Stevens (my first grade teacher- she was a hoot)

I anticipate the evening and imagine the limitless eternity of fun.

Until then, your host, Kelly Light

Who would you invite to your dinner party in The Hereafter?

I did not include family- that would be for Holidays. This is all about selfish, indulgent dreams and desires.

Ahhh... just the thought.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Caught up - my own small protest.

  I wrote a letter to the President today about THIS

It moved me to do something I never do. Write the President. Speak out.

Dear President Obama,

"Starving Artist", ring any bells? Imagine, if you will -  prosperous economic times. I know it's hard to these days, but we have had some. During these prosperous economic times, a middle class father and mother save for their talented child to go to college and study art. They support that child's talent, passion and drive to make themselves the best creator they can be. They know, full well, that their child will never be rich. They hope for the best, but face the reality of the worst- that child will have a huge ,life long struggle to balance the pursuit of art, the thing they love to do and making a living.
These are not prosperous times. Most artists I know, and I am one, struggle more than ever to hold tight to their passion and create not only for themselves but for the enjoyment of others. We face many a client who wishes to convince us to work for little or no money because we will somehow - get exposure through their project.
Exposure - you cannot eat. Exposure does not give you shelter. Exposure is not fair pay. All of those jobless, homeless people out there in 2011, how many are artists?
I am insulted by this project, President Obama. You insult the struggling. How many millions will you raise for your campaign- and from that you can not pay a freelance rate for these posters? You will sell these posters to help that campaign?
This is exploitation of artists. It’s considered kind of unethical in the world of the freelance artist. I did vote for you. I did hope with you. I will not create for you because art, sir, is my job and you -wish me to do it for free. That would make me, jobless.

I don't think there is a problem with asking artists to do this in a different way, for a different reason. certainly not to raise money for your campaign. Yet perhaps- you could pay them a fair hourly freelance rate, as an example of creating jobs. create jobs through creating art for the people. 
Why we as a country are so oblivious to the truly spectacular moments of our past and do not draw inspiration from them- is beyond me. The WPA created such tremendous creations that lifted up the spirits of the people at a time of great "depression". Art, today, could certainly be used to do the same. This could have been handled in a much more "community building" way than in the way it was actually worded and presented. Not so much to create art for the president- but to create art for the people. Drawing, most timely, on the calls of the protesters about our nation. Not so clearly attached to one political agenda, but to the needs and the passion of the people. 

On WPA works: "They stand as a reminder of a time in our country’s history when dreams were not allowed to be destroyed by economic disaster." see -

Respectfully a disappointed American artist,

Kelly Light

I posted it here- inspired by a fellow artist  Susie Ghahremani 

She's fabulously talented- check her out!


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

School Picture Day

 In 1964,  Pamela had her junior high school picture taken. She had her Great Aunt's smile.