Skellyopolis Solo Gallery Exhibition

My new show ‘Skellyopolis’ opening January 7, 2010 at The Gallery @ Yummy wine bar and bistro is a first.  I have received so many requests for the drawings and art from my books I finally decided to present a show featuring such work.  'Skellyopolis' is the first show in which I am presenting and selling original concept drawings from the creation of any of my published books.   This show is also the first to feature all pieces from the Skelly series, Skelly the Skeleton Girl and Skelly & Femur.  The show presents fifteen original drawings, three limited edition giclee on canvas prints of final art from the two books and one limited edition giclee print on archival paper of an original Skelly imaged created exclusively for the ‘Skellyopolis' show.

For all details about ‘Skellyopolis’ and the opening reception, please visit my site and click the ‘upcoming events’ tab on the left.  There you will find information on the opening reception, the web site address of yummy wine bar & bistro where you will be able to view all of the work in the show starting January 7th and the phone numbers you can call to purchase a piece if you are interested.

Title: Gate to Skelly Manor
Artist:  Me, (jimmy pickering)
Medium: Graphite on Paper
Size: 6.5"x 4.5" plus frame
Year: 2005

Memory Lapse: These Are My Paintings?

A gallery in which I am having a show next year, asked me to send an image for marketing upcoming 2010 shows.  As I looked through my image files I found three small 3x5 inch paintings I did back in 2004. They are nothing spectacular, but when I opened the files a strange occurrence, I had no recollection of these pieces in my memory.  It wasn’t until I looked at them for a while the memory of framing the little guy on the cliff came back, the other two . . . nothing.  I remembered they were for a winter solstice themed group show at the gallery I owned at the time. 

Never experienced this before. Completely and utterly strange.  I guess once you've created so many things this is bound to happen, yet . . . it is very odd.

To ensure I don’t forget them again, here are the three mystery paintings.

Pumpkin Season

I'm not sure how an orange squash can make me so happy, but indeed it does.

Another Skelly Sighting

There's been another Skelly sighting. Thanks to the sharp eyes of another secret spy, Skelly was sighted in Glendale, California. Thank you secret spy.

Baby GAP
Glendale Galleria
Glendale, California

Skelly the Skeleton Girl Sighting

A couple secret spies spotted Skelly books in two interesting locations. One saw Skelly & Femur at Pottery Barn Kids located in Farmers Market, Los Angeles; the second secret spy had a sighting and took an undercover shot of 'Skelly the Skeleton Girl' in GAP Kids on Chestnut Street in San Francisco.

So begins a page dedicated to your celebrity Skelly sightings on my web site, and I'll also be posting them here. If you want to enlist as a secret spy simply snap a photo the next time you have a Skelly sighting and email it to me with the location of your sighting. It's that simple. I'll post your undercover work here so we can keep an eye on where our favorite skeleton girl and her dog show up next.

GAP Kids
Chestnut Street
San Francisco, California

Pink Eyed Rabbits

Another painting created for use on skins for ipods, laptops and other such gadgets . . . when . . . ?  It gave me a chance to go back and create a new painting based on the original painting I did a few years earlier.  It was interesting to be able to improve a few things from the original, I may need to try this with some other paintings.

Have you ever revisited any thing you've created?

Jimmy Pickering Robot Skin?

I painted this mechanical menace in the not so distant past, to be used on skins for ipods, laptops and so on, but they were never produced. Rather than hiding the creation away, it's time to share with all of you, as I rather like it. 

The Haunted Mansion, Disneyland

August 9th was the official 40th Anniversary of The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. As I've been working late into the evening hours, this post comes as the attraction celebrates its 40th and 2 day anniversary.

The Haunted Mansion. There are several inspirations in my life, which have made a huge impact on my creative spirit, one of the strongest is The Haunted Mansion.  The attraction opened its doors to on August 9, 1969 and has been a favorite of Disneyland guest ever since.

The Haunted Mansion has remained one of my favorites, along with the original version of The Pirates of the Caribbean, (minus the addition of the franchised Jack Sparrow crew). The Haunted Mansion remains a stunning example of how WED Enterprises (now Walt Disney Imagineering), used to be able to transport us on adventures so enveloping and relevant that 40 years after its premier, The Haunted Mansion is still one of the top visited attractions in Disneyland.  A testament to the amazing talents of the original WED Imagineers who have slowly vanished with the passing of time, taking their amazing talents with them.

I am very fortunate to have worked at Walt Disney Imagineering with some of the original and very talented Imagineers. One of these amazing people was Leota, who appears in The Haunted Mansion in the Séance Circle and again as Little Leota at the attractions exit. 

Leota remains one of the most influential people in my life and I am honored to say she was one of my closest friends. Not only a friend, Leota was my mentor, teaching me more about the art of Imagineering than I could ever have imagined. When I think of Leota I see her jet black hair, her amazing smile and I hear her contagious laugh. Leota was a creative spirit, never afraid to share her knowledge and talent with me, for fear of giving away her trade secrets.  The skills Leota taught me I use everyday in everything I create. 

Words cannot express the gratitude I have to have known Leota, for her friendship and the gift of sharing her talents.  After Leota left us, I was honored to be given the opportunity to design a new stained glass shade to hang over Leota's crystal ball in the Séance Circle at Disneyland's The Haunted Mansion.  It was created in her favorite colors and if you look closely, you'll be able to see a stained glass spider on the front top of the shade, adorned with a vibrant red "L" on its abdomen in her honor.

Thank you Leota for being such an amazing friend, one who changed my life forever. I think of you everyday.

Another original Imagineer I was blessed to have worked with was Collin Campbell. Collin was like a grandfather, very soft-spoken, very funny and very talented. 

As with Leota, Collin was excited to share his knowledge and I was a sponge, absorbing everything he shared.  While working with Collin, I told him I still had my original Haunted Mansion LP.  He laughed and said he’d not see it in years, and I told him I could remedy that.  I brought my original childhood copy of The Haunted Mansion LP to work the next day and he laughed when he saw how worn or “loved” as he put it, the LP was.  As he looked through the pages of the album, he told me stories about every painting he created for this now legendary piece of Disney history. When he reached the end he asked if I wanted him to sign it.  The only answer I could give was yes.

Who could have known, the attraction that inspired me to play my Haunted Mansion LP hundreds of times as a child, in latter years, would provide me the opportunity opportunity to meet, learn, and work with two legendary WED Imagineering masters Collin and my dear friend and mentor Leota.  

For me, The Haunted Mansion represents more than one of the most amazing attractions ever created, it reminds me of the amazing WED designers who created the masterpiece and how blessed I am to have known, worked, and learned from them.

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Skelly the Skeleton Girl Is Back!

My new book Skelly & Femur has been released, the follow-up to Skelly the Skeleton Girl. The first book, Skelly the Skeleton Girl, is about Skelly finding a bone, Skelly & Femur follows Skelly and her new best friend, Femur, on the mystery of searching for objects which have gone missing inand around Skelly Manor.

National Doodle Day Celebrity Auction 2009

I’ve am honored to have been asked again by Gillian Anderson to participate in this years National Doodle Day Celebrity Doodles Auction to benefit research for the cure of Neurofibromatosis. Below is my doodle for this year’s auction.

Please click HERE to be connected to the national doodle day site.

The third US National Doodle Day auction begins on eBay May 7, 2009. Please be sure to tell your friends and family to help benefit this great cause.

Le Skeleton

The third result of my recent venture into sculpting, meet Le Skeleton. 


Another sculpture, P-King.

The Queen

I have been inclined to create some dimensional sculptures of late. Let me introduce to you the first piece, The Queen.

Jimmy Pickering Painting

This is a painting from my very first solo. fine art exhibition; Ghouls, Fools, & and Octopus.

I think it tells the story without any explanation.

Title: Next!

Jimmy Pickering Painting

This painting was part of my first gallery exhibition; Ghouls, Fools, & an Octopus.

Title: Gossip

The Chicago 4

Four littles created for a show in Chicago, 2006.

Jimmy Pickering Illustration

This illustration painting was created in 2003 to accompany one of my manuscripts being sent to several major publishers.  I thought you'd enjoy seeing some of the behind the scenes work done for a final project.

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While going through some sketches today I found one I created based on one of my favorite attractions at Disneyland, The Haunted Mansion. It has an interesting quality I’d like go back and visit on a future painting.

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The Magic In a Cardboard Box

I received a surprise box from Simon & Schuster today on my doorstep. I had an inkling as to what or in this case, who might be hiding inside so I decided to take some photos as I opened it.

The box of intrigue.

A hint at the mystery hidden inside . . .


Jimmy Pickering's Skelly & Femur!!!

Copies of my new book. It’s exciting to see a second Skelly adventure completed. 

Thank you to everyone involved in the publication of the book,such as Laurent, David, and Lizzy at Simon & Schuster.  A very heartfelt thank you to each and everyone who enjoyed the first book, Skelly the Skeleton Girl enough to warrant a second adventure.
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