New work

Finished a piece called ‘Her other face’. It is a gift for my sister’s birthday; she is going to use it for her Day of The Dead altar. I think it turned out alright.

Her other face

Her other face

The flowers are my favorite part. They have a raised texture that feels smooth when you run your hands over it. She requested blood reds and dark purples – it was my idea to sneak in a little pink in the hearts.

All in all – I am pleased.

Did some painting on Sunday

I had two paintings I wanted to finish and one I really wanted to start. I painted all day on Sunday – a bit on Saturday night, too – and I finished all three.

This one was created to hang in my sister Diane’s office.

My life is poetry

My life is poetry

It is meant to be very funky with a heavy mixed media vibe. I called it ‘My life is poetry’ because I worry she gets so stressed and frustrated at times; she forgets how good she’s got it. Sometimes a nice bright reminder is a good thing.

This one is clearly Halloween influenced.

Untitled

Untitled

Another mixed media piece, it is a crow looking across the harvested fields at a lovely moon. I don’t have a title for this one and I am not sure why. Anything that came to me felt cliched and hokey. For now it remains without a name.

Last but not least is my favorite ‘Tattered Wings’.

...for every rusted bell that rings...

...for every rusted bell that rings...

I have always been very influenced by the Day-of-The-Dead which is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by Latin Americans living abroad. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. he celebration occurs on the 2nd of November in connection with the Catholic holiday of All Saints’ Day which occurs on Nov 1st and All Souls’ Day which occurs on Nov 2nd. Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. (thanks for the perfect description Wikipedia!) I love the holiday so much, my husband and I actually GOT MARRIED on Nov 2nd – the very day the celebrations take place. I would be happy painting these skeletons all day. I love them that much and the beauty of them is that they are meant to be folksy. They don’t have to be perfectly proportional, just painted with a passion & love for the dead. It is such a joy.

Anyway – yes I did some paintings. Next a female skeleton with a crown of roses and thorns. Watch for it.