Monday, November 11, 2019


I love the trees! 

I love collecting their leaves, their seeds, the conks that I sometimes find on their trunks on my woodland walks and of course taking their photos. 

I also love the illustrations and paintings of trees, particularly the ones done by 19th - century British artists.

The Witch Broom Tree in this painting was inspired by Emily Carr's gorgeous trees of British Columbia.

"In 1818 Constable exhibited a beautiful drawing of elm trees at the Royal Academy. It failed to sell and so it was still in Constable’s possession two decades later, when he added a note on the back to the effect that “This noble Elm … was blown down April 1835.” It was a portrait, in other words, of a particular tree, one whose fortunes he continued to follow, and whose eventual loss he lamented long after he’d moved away from the area." ~ Professor Christiana Payne

And like John Constable, I adore painting them. When I came upon a tree down the road from where I live that looked quite peculiar I took a few photos of the tree for future reference which would come in handy when I went to paint it. At the time I didn't know why the tree was afflicted with such unusual, odd-looking, broom-like distortions but after looking it up online I discovered it was disease trees get and not from witches : )

I suppose the namesake is because it reminds one of a spooky broom belonging to a witch. So I decided to paint the Witch Broom Tree in oil but it was my first time painting entirely in oil and I didn't realize just how long it takes for the painting to dry and cure. This painting is still very wet.

I added a couple of spiders and webs to the tree and eventually would like to add a black cat and create more depth to the scenery before it's complete. Hopefully, in the process, I wouldn't destroy it.


NOVEMBER 11TH / 2019 



Thursday, November 7, 2019

Bewitching Moon ~ Patrizia Gattaceca ๐ŸŒ

Bewitching Moon

I'm bewitched by the moon. Too often I fail in capturing photographs of the moon but this is one of the rare moments I caught the moon and its magic.

Bewitching Moon

Over the top of the mountains the moon 
Rose unexpectedly
In the sky it drifted,
A bird, a fairy!
Blown out, round and sweet
It danced in the sky
In the fragrant night,
Lighting every road,
Making my head swim,
My senses dazed.
Did I dream?
Did I really see you?
You fell into the well
Like the declining sun.
Moon, wink at me
Bright Moon, magic moon
The mirror of the loving girl,
Peep out at the balcony!

Patrizia Gattaceca

Monday, November 4, 2019

Dead People's Stuff , Psychometry and a New Painting "Mom & Me on Halloween "๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฑ๐ŸŽƒ

I love hunting for treasures and coming home with a souvenir someone long ago had loved. Something old just makes a home I think. I have always believed these tokens of the heart I find on my vintage hunts hold hidden secrets and sometimes I get a picture of its old keeper especially if I bring home a group of collectibles most likely that came from the same household. I think it is easy to establish an image of the old spirit and get some inkling to their unique character. 

"Psychometry is the art of holding an object and identifying what information you receive from that object. All material things pick up psychic impressions of the people or animals that have either held or touched the object." Silver Ravenwolf

Looking at my large collection of vintage finds I'm quite sure this house is a good way : )

Halloween is done for another year but not for me. The spooky season never stops inspiring me so I decided to paint a tiny portrait of a mom and baby ghost cats, that sadly never made it one cold winter's night. The real story was told to me by a foster and of course, I love ghost stories and Halloween.
We have had over ten feral cats and now we are down to one who lately has been coming for 1st, breakfast, second breakfast, 3rd breakfast all before noon : )I think she is a bit confused with the cold Fall weather and time.

So with the old florentine gold gilded frame and a sad kitty cat story, I painted "Mom & Me on Halloween" 

Acrylic, Gold Leaf on wood Minature Painting 2.5 x 3.5

Friday, November 1, 2019

We Found Halloween๐ŸŽƒ

On our way home from soccer, last night
we found Halloween๐ŸŽƒ
It was a dark and rainy Halloween this year but someone did some magic ๐Ÿง™‍♀️๐Ÿงนand gave us Halloween๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿฆ‡๐Ÿ•ท๐Ÿ•ธ 

And I just have to share this๐Ÿฆ‡ Purrfect Spooky Halloween Photo of Bat taken by M. ๐Ÿง™‍♀️

Happy Halloween ๐ŸŽƒ

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

๐Ÿ•ท๐Ÿ•ธ SPIDERWOOD ๐Ÿ•ท๐Ÿ•ธ

This wood slice once was a fairy door but after my son texted me about the tarantulas he encountered at Joshua Tree National Park in California, I just had to repaint the door. Thanks for the inspiration, Ty. I know just how much you love ๐Ÿ•ท๐Ÿ•ท๐Ÿ•ท๐Ÿ˜‚
The wood slice has a hole in the middle so depending on where u place its light will shine through. A little bit of magic๐Ÿง™‍♀️

Wood Slice acrylic and inks 

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Bat Bat Boo ~ Happy Caturday ! ๐Ÿˆ ๐Ÿงก๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿฆ‡๐Ÿงน

BaT, Bat Boo! The spooky cute, little fella that just doesn't miss a chance at keeping my company when I paint. Do you see the cat candle ring on the taper? My daughter gave it to me and I usually wear jewelry for a few days and then eventually it gets used to decorate the house. I think I like it better on the candle than on my finger. p.s. No cat was harmed to take this photo!๐Ÿ˜‰ HAPPY CATURDAY !!!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Painting Cats ๐Ÿˆ ๐Ÿˆ

Painting cats ๐Ÿˆ. I finally got around to painting this little black cat ๐Ÿˆ I have a couple of cats but can’t find them, either I donated them to the thrift store or they’re buried in the basement. Lol ☺️๐ŸŽƒ

Looking Spooky Cute

So, before or after?

Ooh, and the seat is a mandarin hubby and daughter dried out. If I didn’t mention it I think it could have passed as a tiny pumpkin.

Sometimes a haunting melody can make quiet an impression ~^..^~
Thanks to Vic Mizzy for creating such unforgettable soundtracks and to Hollis Kim for sharing this fab rendition of the Haunted Organ from The Ghost and Mr. Chicken ….will always luv listening to it, no matter the time of year but especially great in the month of October


All graphics, text and design:

Copyright ~ Annabelle ( Anna Laura Livinal Belanger )

The writing, poetry, art, graphic banners and designs, photographs are all copyright of the blog author and if you wish to use any of the work please ask.

Note: If you personally hold copyright to any images or other content herein and wish it to be removed or credited, please email me and I'm more than happy to do so. Eddy needs credit as do some other work....searching for their rightful creators to credit

**** Please understand if you do come across any of your work with no credited signature.... I will be very prompt to add your copyright to the work if you beat me to the punch.

Annabelle 2012

Blog Archive

Blog Archive

Flora and the Ghost Ball * Click picture to read

Flora and the Ghost Ball * Click picture to read
Halloween Spooky Story


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...