I have been wrestling with this image for some time. At times my art direction fails me, like when I choose a design that really is too small for an ACEO, still I did my best and now it is time to relax and have a beer.
A few more weeks and it will be the end of British Summertime and as for every October the clocks go back an hour. The nights draw in sooner, curtains are drawn and fires lit. A few days later it is Halloween.
For us Brits it is a struggle to celebrate Halloween. Under some duress parents attend small children knocking on doors for sweets and treats, and pensioners worry about strangers coming to their door and put up signs to ward them away. No one really knows who is up for the festival and who is not.
The Americans however as we know just love Halloween. Everyone gets in the spirit (apologies for the pun) and parties. It is a shame that the tradition did not capture our imaginations here in the UK and instead we are bothered by the commercial aspect which has now given us that cynical edge.
Celtic New Year
The end of October had been known as the Celtic New Year and the belief that there is a short period of time where the “door” to the “other” world is open. I like this idea, the imagination can run wild and all the dressing up makes perfect sense.
ACEO Painting with Mice, Spells and a Broomstick
So in readiness for the celebration of this tradition ACEO cards are painted in preparation for the celebratory collector and particularly for those in the USA who just love to party!