Folklore

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I recently stumbled down an Internet rabbit hole of Halloween “folk art” paintings.

Previously turning my nose up at the more “primitive” styles of art like these, I’m now able to appreciate their unique ability to capture the childlike wonder and dark charms of the season.

Some of my favorite works are by artist Debbie Criswell, who prefers to depict Halloween memories as they appear in our mind’s eye rather than aiming for realism.

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She has a talent for deliberately skewing proportions to make her scenes more closely match the imagination.

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She uses vivid colors to evoke the vibrancy of fall leaves under the light of a huge October moon.

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Another equally talented folk art painter is Ken Figurski, whose depictions are a bit more spooky and melancholy.

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Figurski’s painting style wavers between beautiful and haunting.

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I love these artists for their ability to create scenes that seem like windows into perfect little Halloween worlds. If only we could step inside!

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