Morbidly Adorable Creations

The Art of Misty* Benson


Tarot Card Progress on Patreon
See How They Glow Bugs Gig
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Hello Minions!

I know it has been a few years since my Kickstarter campaign ended. I have put out a few new tarot card paintings since then, but it has been slow going. I moved, I had a surgery, and I took a job working 50-70 hours a week! As you all know, life is crazy! I have always wanted to try something a little different than Facebook or Kickstarter for projects. I always wondered what it would be like for fans to subscribe to what I'm doing and have content made just for them! With Facebook it is hit and miss as to whether or not even 10% of my supporters see my posts. I don't have time to keep up there very much either, so I thought this might be a great way to hang out with a smaller, more intimate group of people! And Kickstarter, well, it was all or nothing, and I have a lot left to share! I'm going to start creating a world on Patreon no matter how many join me!

Visit my new home at:
http://www.patreon.com/morbidlyadorable


To learn more about Patreon, watch this video:


For my Little Poets, I'm already sharing early sketches to show how a tarot card starts its life!


We hope to see you there!


Misty & The Morbidly Adorables

Planting a tree....
Daruma from the Morbidly Adorable Tarot
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The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is today. -- Chinese Proverb

The color of my face after jogging? Cranberry! It's definitely beyond red. So I started jogging again after an on-again, off-again relationship with it over these past six years. This week I actually made it out six days in a row, two miles each day. It's small compared to the 3-6 miles I used to run, but it's 12 miles more than last week! Despite the bugs, mosquitoes, aching knee, burning calves, oppressive heat, and the hole in the top of my beloved running shoes, I wouldn't trade this progress for anything. The aches will eventually go away. The hole is heart-shaped, so I actually enjoy looking at it. Summer will fade, and I'll soon be running in the crisp fall air. It's a good anti-depressant, and my heart will thank me! I guess this is me "planting a tree!"

Cover of Boise Weekly, New Cooking & Love-Themed Skelly Paintings & Sculptures!
Lucky Cat Skellies
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Hello!

I hope everyone is having an amazing summer and is wrapping up a great 4th of July weekend! I look forward to doing a little camping and taking a road trip to see my family as soon as I get some free time myself! Speaking of free time, if you are waiting for an e-mail from me, please be patient as I am super busy these days. I used to be able to answer e-mails a little more quickly. I will still get to them, but it may take me several weeks. If it is urgent, please let me know! I will get back to you as soon as possible:)

Now onto the fun stuff!

Boise Weekly Cover - "Dark Side of Bacon"



Check out the cover of this week's Boise Weekly - Vol 22, Issue 02, July 3-9, 2013! It's the "Dark Side of Bacon" by yours truly, and the hellish flames are very appropriate for the 100+ degree weather we've been having!! Since I love all things sweetly spooky, spitefully cute, and morbidly adorable, this piece draws from both ends of the spectrum. Remember, like bacon, all good things also have a dark side. Grab a copy if you get a chance! They're free! I believe it will be out through Tuesday. Just look for the little red newspaper boxes that say Boise Weekly generally where newspapers are sold. You may also see the cover online: http://www.boiseweekly.com/boise/dark-side-of-bacon/Content?oid=2891029

"Dark Side of Bacon" - Set of 3 Acrylic on Stretched Canvas with Wire Hanger on Back 8"x8"x.75" and 4"x4"x.75" - SOLD



The original triptych was sold to the Boise Weekly for the cover, but it will be auctioned off for charity in September/October of this year. You still have a chance to get hold of the originals! I'll keep you posted on the details as soon as I know more.

NEW SKELLY SCULPTURES!



"Skelly Cake Topper #3" - Mixed Media Paperclay, Acrylic, Accessories 7"x6"x12" $550 gossamerfaery@hotmail.com
  

I wasn't sure where the whispers of love were leading me, but I wanted to do another sculpture that could also pose as a cake topper! It's small enough to fit on the top tier of a wedding cake, but it's also large enough to stand as an eternal reminder of love after the big day! They are a little bit steampunk mixed with a little bit of the fae magic! See my "Skelly Wedding Cake Topper" folder for past works! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.423778821992.194125.70316911992&type=3

"You Make My Heart Sing" - Mixed Media Sculpture - Paperclay, Acrylic, Accessories 9"x7"x14" $400 gossamerfaery@hotmail.com
  

This grinning Skelly has a very loud, and sometimes off-key, heart! This fella was based off my Dark Little Dearies Comic #26: http://www.mistybenson.com/images/DarkLittleDearies26Web.jpg

"My Skelly Heart" - Mixed Media Sculpture - Paperclay, Acrylic, Accessories $400 gossamerfaery@hotmail.com
  

The "My Skelly Heart" Sculpture was based off the painting of the same name: http://www.mistybenson.com/images/MySkellyHeartWeb.jpg Some hearts bloom with flowers, others bloom with woe, my heart blooms with skellies. This is for those with a skelly heart!

NEW SKELLY PAINTINGS

Here are some new paintings I have available. I had a cooking and love theme happening as you may be able to tell! Please contact me if you'd like to purchase one. All paintings are on stretched canvas, and they have wire hangers in the back, so they are ready to hang right on the wall!

"Chef Skelly" Set of 3 - Acrylic on Stretched Canvas with Wire Hanger on Back 12"x4"x1.5"- SOLD


"Floating on Air" - Acrylic on Stretched Canvas with Wire Hanger on Back 6"x6"x1.5" - $125 gossamerfaery@hotmail.com


"Skelly Family in Red" - Acrylic on Stretched Canvas with Wire Hanger on Back 5"x7"x.75" - SOLD gossamerfaery@hotmail.com


"Last Dance" - Acrylic on Stretched Canvas with Wire Hanger on Back 5"x7"x.75" - SOLD gossamerfaery@hotmail.com


As always, please let me know if you have any questions or comments or anything at all! I always love hearing from you!

~Misty*XOXO!!

Happy Mother's Day!
Calico Cuties
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Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, grandmas, and even those of you that tirelessly take care of the furkids! I hope your day is full of love and appreciation!


Morbidly Adorable Munny Dolls for Adoption!
Octo-Munny Detail
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Morbidly Adorable Munnys & The Record Exchange Annual Fundraiser!

Happy Friday everyone!! I'm so excited to say I sent not one, BUT TWO new Munnys to this year's Record Exchange Annual Munny Auction! They are the very best of friends -- an odd couple if you will!! They are being auctioned off with 50% of the proceeds going to Go Listen Boise -- who operate in the spirit of amplifying the local music scene! These Morbidly Adorable Munnys are dreamily sculpted and magically painted as one of a kind pieces -- all done by me! They are only two of four Munny Dolls I've ever customized. (You may see the previous years' pieces here: http://gossamerfaery.livejournal.com/2010/10/23/ & http://gossamerfaery.livejournal.com/2011/11/17/) This is the first Munny Skelly I've ever created, and I have such an affinity for water creatures, that I wanted to create yet another octo-girl! I hope to see someone give this bony beloved and the eight legged wonder a great home. I only paint these about once a year to every two years, so unless you commission a custom Munny, don't miss your chance for a super deal!

Artist: Misty Benson (me!)
Munny's Name: Love Goggles Munny Skelly
Materials: Mixed Media (Acrylic Paint and Paperclay) He is about 8" tall.
About the Munny: This playful Munny Skelly devours life with his giant love goggles! Who wouldn't want to have a heart-shaped view? This mischievous minion also has a softer side as displayed by the wistful girl pictured on the back of his hat. All the little toys are just some extra fun waiting to be had by Love Goggles and friends! Zap! Zap!
 
 

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Artist: Misty Benson (me!)
Munny's Name: Breaking Away...
Materials: Mixed Media (Acrylic Paint and Paperclay) I believe she is about 10.5"x11"x12" long from tentacle to tentacle.
About the Munny: This Rococo Octo-Girl views life as one big swoon. Wherever she goes, her lovely tentacles are always touching and exploring life. In her hand, she holds part of a broken limb from her own body. When an octopus is captured by a predator or gets stuck in a precarious situation, it may escape by breaking off an arm which it may later regrow. Instead of holding onto things in life that no longer matter to this aquatic angel, she breaks away in order to start anew. Won't you live in her dreamy world?
   

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Watch these two best friends play together! They like to go on outings and explore!

 

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To see all of the Munnys in the Record Exchange Auction:
http://therecordexchange.com/munnyauction

To place an online bid, send an email with the subject "Munny bid" to chad@therecordexchange.com. Please include:

Your Name:
Phone Number:
Artist you are bidding on:
Price of your bid ($5 increments but you are welcome to bid more!)


Go here to find out the current bid: http://therecordexchange.com/munnyauction. They are updating this webpage regularly, but because bidding is taking place at the store and online, the current bids listed on the webpage may not reflect the current bids in the store. If you place an online bid that is below or equal to the current bid in the store, they will email you and give you the option of increasing or withdrawing your bid. If you have any questions about bidding, please contact chad@therecordexchange.com. The Record Exchange is running the auction:)

Online bidding closes at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 25. The MUNNYs were unveiled at The Record Exchange on First Thursday, April 4, and will remain on display through Thursday, April 25. Final bidding will take place at a special auction closing party from 5 to 7 p.m. April 25 at The Record Exchange. Note: Online bidding ends at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 25. There will be two hours of final bidding at the store following the close of online bidding. No online or phone bids will be taken during the finale, so if there’s a MUNNY you really want, you or a surrogate bidder will need to attend the finale in person. So please make sure to send in your absolute best bids so you won't miss out on this sweet treasure! Yes, they do ship! So you can still take her home even if you cannot pick her up in person!

All proceeds from the auction benefit Go Listen Boise (http://www.golistenboise.org/).

You may also go down to the store and bid in person!

THE RECORD EXCHANGE
1105 West Idaho Street
Boise, ID 83702-5625
208.344.8010

RECORD STORE HOURS:
9 a.m to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday

'What is a Munny?' you may be asking yourself!

The toy company Kidrobot who produces limited edition vinyl toys, created the Munny -- a blank character for artists to customize by drawing, painting, piercing, you name it!

This is how my Munny looked when I first received it! It was completely blank and up to me to decide what to do with it:)





I hope you enjoy these cutie pies! Theses Morbidly Adorable characters are looking for someone who will cultivate their love of beautiful things along with their need to cause mischief!

Have a whimsical weekend! Get out there and make some mischief!

~Misty*XOXO!!

LAST CALL! Sunday is last day to buy open edition prints before my eBay & Etsy Stores are closed.
Terror in the Toy Chest
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LAST CALL! Sunday will be the last day to buy from my eBay or Etsy Stores before they are closed. I am retiring open edition prints (photo prints) as well as some images altogether. So if there is something you have your eye on, I recommend getting it now.

EBAY: http://stores.ebay.com/MorbidlyAdorableCreations
ETSY: https://www.etsy.com/shop/gossamerfaery

Some of you have not taken the retirement of the open edition prints lightly and have snapped them up. I appreciate that! You are getting the last of the bunch! All orders except stretched canvases have shipped. (Stretched canvases take more time to paint and prepare:)

After Sunday, all sales will be through my website. The focus will be on originals, limited edition canvases, special editions, and timed sales (i.e. a print will be offered for 24-48 hrs before its gone.) If you want to be the first to know about new art, special editions, and much more, hop on over to my website and join my Mailing List! ♥

http://www.mistybenson.com/


EBAY and ETSY STORES CLOSING this week! Last chance for most open edition prints!‏‏
Lucky Cat Skellies
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After nine dedicated years of selling on eBay, and selling on Etsy here and there for 6 years, I'll be closing both stores over the next week. I will still have my website http://www.mistybenson.com, but I will be retiring a great deal of art from there as well. If there is something you have your eye on, I recommend getting it now. I do not know what I will be keeping on my website after next week. The Morbidly Adorables have been begging for change for awhile, and it's time I listened:)

EBAY: http://stores.ebay.com/MorbidlyAdorableCreations
ETSY: https://www.etsy.com/shop/gossamerfaery



I know a lot of people will be wondering why. Due to significant changes in my life, I will have far less time to work on my art. So with the time I have, my primary focus will be fulfilling my contract to U.S. Games and finishing the tarot deck as soon as possible. I'll be focusing my energy more on original paintings, limited and timed releases, and my own website. eBay in particular takes a lot of focus, the rules are always changing, the fees have gone up while the traffic auction views have gone down. It is no longer a good fit for my art. I think it's time to represent my art exclusively through my website. I need to spend more time building my website and directing people there:) And no, I can't say what will be retired, but pretty much all open edition prints will be going. 5"x7", 8.5"x11", and 13"x19" prints will all likely be retired. I'll be focusing on selling originals, and then a handful of those will be available as limited edition prints.

From now on when I release new paintings, I'll be offering them first to my mailing list, then I will be putting them on my website for the public to purchase. I will still update Facebook and keep blogging on my journal, but my Mailing List will be the first to know about new stuff, get special offers, etc.

If you would like to receive an e-mail update when I post new artwork, update my blog, and get exclusive offers, please join my mailing list!




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Thank you for all the years of support through eBay and Etsy! Like I said, I'll still be doing art, it's just time to focus on my website. I hope you'll continue to keep up with me in other ways! I will keep you updated on any other changes. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Thank you!

~Misty*XOXO!!

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Happy Valentine's Day!
Heart In Hand Skelly
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Well, I said it before, but my heart still hasn't stopped singing! It's loud and off-key! Happy Valentine's Day everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Misty* & The Morbidly Adorables ♥ You!!



XOXO!!

New Tarot Card! The Sun! Skelly Cat and Skelly Dog Paintings! Dark Little Dearies!!
Daruma from the Morbidly Adorable Tarot
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Hello!

Waiting for the Sun?! Here it is - a new tarot painting! I just love the warm, glowing colors in this scene. It is such a happy card full of blessings!! For the complete write-up, please visit one of the links below!

"The Sun" from the Morbidly Adorable Tarot - 16"x20" Acrylic on Canvas Painting


Buy artwork from:

My Website:
http://www.mistybenson.com/MorbidlyAdorableTarotSun.html

My eBay Store:
ORIGINAL 16"x20" ACRYLIC PAINTING:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/271150907552?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

8.5x11" FINE ART FANTASY PRINTS:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/271151490623?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

13"x19" FINE ART FANTASY PRINTS:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/370753166546?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

11"x14" STRETCHED CANVAS:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/271151492880?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Tarot Album on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.215942861992.142096.70316911992&type=3

New 5"x7" Skelly Cat & Skelly Dog Paintings!

"Love - Skelly Cat Style" - 5"x7" Acrylic Painting


Skelly cats always have a reason to purr (or death rattle?!) Enjoy the love between these two friends!

ORIGINAL 5"x7" ACRYLIC PAINTING:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/370735220409?ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

"Love - Skelly Dog Style" - 5"x7" Acrylic Painting


Skelly dogs make no bones about sharing a bone (or a frisbee!) Enjoy the love between these two friends!

ORIGINAL 5"x7" ACRYLIC PAINTING:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/370735224561?ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

All the Dark Little Dearies to date!

As you know, I've been working on the "Dark Little Dearies" Series every chance I get. Listed below is every one that has been released to date. If you want to own the original drawing, I list them on eBay as they are finished. To see what is still available, either click the image of the DLD in which you are interested and go straight to the eBay listing, or go to the "Sketches" section in my eBay Store to see which ones are still available. Since I release new ones so frequently, I don't want to put fill up your inbox every time I release a DLD. If you want to keep up with them in real time, check out the Dark Little Dearies album on Facebook. You do not have to be a Facebook member to see my Fan Page!

See which ones are still available on eBay:
http://stores.ebay.com/MorbidlyAdorableCreations/Sketches-/_i.html?_fsub=3833805016&_sid=53368476&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322

See all the pictures larger in the DLD Facebook Album:
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151124639781993.431063.70316911992&type=3

Dark Little Dearies #1-33:

    

    

    

    

    

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Please let me know if you have any questions! Have a whimsical weekend!!

XOXO!!

~Misty*

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New Tarot Card - Five of Stars!
Morbidly Adorable Tarot Fool
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Happy Tuesday!

In true Tarot Tuesday style, I have a new tarot painting to share! The Five of Stars or Pentacles! Since the star is my favorite shape, the suit may just be stars instead of pentacles. Plus, they might not all have circles around them. In this scene, the sweet nurse doctors the ailing onions! For the complete write-up on the card, please visit one of the links below!

"Five of Stars (Pentacles)" from the Morbidly Adorable Tarot - 16"x20" Acrylic on Canvas Painting



ORIGINAL 16"x20" ACRYLIC PAINTING: http://www.ebay.com/itm/370732275158?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

8.5x11" Fine Art Fantasy Prints: http://www.ebay.com/itm/271135380622?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

13"x19" Fine Art Fantasy Prints: http://www.ebay.com/itm/370732280340?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

11"x14" Hand-Embellished Limited Edition Canvas: http://www.ebay.com/itm/370732282039?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Please let me know if you have any questions! Have a whimsical week!!

XOXO!!

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