Last year, there were a few sleeper mentions I later got questions about. At least once during our madness here we like to mention something most people may not have heard of.
One of my favorites out of those is indeed The Watcher in the Woods.
This is an old one but it is so worth digging for if you can find it. The story is surrealistic almost to a point of science fiction if it weren’t for the heavy horror undertones.
There is no blood or gore in this movie. Every element of horror is purely psychological, and done very well, might I add. Bette Davis is a sort of surprise character and she is fantastic.
Everything about this story sets the tone for all of the atmospheric visuals you’ll see throughout.
If you can unearth this movie somehow (as it can be extremely hard to find) I highly recommend watching this version.
For any 30-somethings or older out there that can still remember the days of the simple camera, and getting film developed: I love the quality of those kinds of photos, but I don’t miss the waiting.
Remember those little envelopes within the envelopes that used to contain our negatives? That’s what this photo art was inspired by. I once wrote a story about a girl who took her camera everywhere. In one part of the story, she finds images of strange happenings that she didn’t take. Those were just some of the thoughts behind this nightmare…
I’m going to do something a little different for today’s Sleepy Sunday post. I’ve told you before that inspiration can come from the strangest of places. Today, I have photographic evidence of just that. Let’s peel back the curtain and view the source of my inspiration for today’s art, shall we?
It was the strangest thing. I was making my son’s breakfast, same as I do every morning. He asked for oatmeal and bananas. So, I cooked away while my coffee was brewing. I have a habit of putting down a paper towel to rest any spoons or other utensils on. When I lifted the spoon and the hot bowl, I saw a neat little shape. It spoke to me.
The damp spot immediately gave me a mental picture. I had to snap a photo of it (pictured above) because I knew it would be the inspiration for today’s post. It reminded me of some retro art from the other eras of women dancing to jazz. You know the kind, the beautiful detail of some African-American art, or those old fertility statues so many people have in their homes. I did my best to create that feel. The result was astonishing. I have to say this is some of my best work to date. It was like some spirit took me over and helped me do the work.
So sit back and enjoy…
I’m also adding some music from the timeless Billie Holiday to give you the feeling that ran through me.