Random Acts of Creativity by Karen Windness

Ghost Matryoshka Doll

I’m curious about haunted objects — how a soul gets attached and how it might detach, too. I also love Russian Nesting Dolls. These two curiosities mashed together became this illustration.


Rock-A-Bye Zombie

New Mother Goth Rhyme! It’s true. Babies are brain eaters.


Stay creepy, my friends.


Wednesday Addams

I just started participating in #springgothchallenge on Instagram, and this week, it was “Little Black Dress.” Here’s my take on Wednesday Addams. I totally want this dress! It’s covered in little human skulls. Be afraid!



Taco Pug

Tacos and pugs are two of my favorite things, so I mashed them up. Here’s Taco Pug. Merchandise now available on my Redbubble store:


Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

Seeing Elvira on TV as a kid was my first exposure to Gothic culture. Combining humor and beauty and sex with all things dark had an allure that I just couldn’t shake. And she’s just as gorgeous today. Here’s my tribute to the one and only Mistress of the Dark.


Merchandise here:

Pencil Problems

My poor black pencils! goth-pencil-windness

Naked Banana

Peel away your inhibitions and be free!


Now on merchandise!

Nina Simone

I love everything about Nina Simone – her music, passion, beauty, and powerful voice for equal rights.


On merchandise here:

My Non-Fiction Illustration students (Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design: are working on a caricature project this week, and I wanted to show them the importance of shape in a composition. The human brain processes large shapes first, and if engaged, the viewer will stick around to look at details. A common student mistake is to jump into details too early in the process. If you develop a good composition and value structure first, you’ll have a much better shot at a successful final.

Here are a couple screen grabs to show process. I was also listening to Nina Simone’s music for the two hours I was working on the painting. It helps me tap into personality and essence and impart some of that into the art. I recommend it!


Morticia & Gomez

I promised my Mother Goth Facebook followers I’d draw them something nice for surpassing 1300 fans. I asked them to pitch ideas, and Debra L. asked for my take on Morticia and Gomez. I delivered! Join us on Facebook at:


Grey scale before I went to full color: morticia-gomez-windness

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