We're werking our way through another blistering summer here in the Phoenician desert I call home....and I can't wait for it too cool off again!!
Recently, I received an e-mail from Sandy Luehrsen, one of my instructors at MCC reminding me that there was a call to artists for a Dia de los Muertos exhibition in Tucson.
(Tohono Chul - Día de los Muertos Exhibition, August 28 - November 8, 2015.)
I decided to see what I could come up with, did a little research into the holiday and its imagery...and one day did a quick sketch of a Mariachi skeleton dood that I thought might fit the bill.
The next day I began digitally painting him on my computer...and rather quickly decided I was liking the results.
Later, I decided to add a background...and once again turned to the iconic images from the traditional Dia de los Muertos celebration...and painted a candy skull to place behind my skeleton Mariachi dood.
I'll share images from those steps below...and plan to make a short video documentary of the process too.
BTW...I call this painting “Momento Maury” as a humorous homage to medieval church "Memento Mori" works (loosely translated from Latin: "remember that you are mortal"), designed to remind viewers of their own mortality.
(click on theses images to see a larger view)
|"Momento Maury", Dia de los Muertos Painting, Copyright 2015, Jephyr, All Rights Reserved|
|"Momento Maury" background - process steps|
Dia de los Muertos Painting, Copyright 2015, Jephyr, All Rights Reserved
Thanks for schtoppin' by!!