Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Dia de Muertos - Day of the Dead


Dia de Muertos is a  Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. It focuses on gathering of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family who have died. Building altars consisting of gifts to there loved ones including  pictures of the deceased, sugar skulls, marigolds.  Also leaving possessions of the deceased.  I left jewelry that my Mother had given me and that I got when she died. The celebration takes place on October 31, November 1 and November 2.  

Today I will be celebrating all my family and friends that have gone before me. 

My Sisters and Nieces will be here to Celebrate and honor our loved ones. 
It is also my Fathers 86th Birthday. Halloween Baby.
So glad he is still around.
Also the little kiddo's will be going Trick or Treating in the Neighborhood.
Lots of Candy.
Lots of Love.
Oh what a day we have in store for us. 

I painted these skulls from left over skulls from Halloween. You can get them really cheap at AC Moore or Michaels after the holiday. 
Just make sure you gesso them really good before you paint them. 

I honor them all and I miss them.
They will be in my heart forever.

True Love Never dies. 

Take some time out in the next few days and honor the ones you loved and lost. And honor the ones you love.
Both are so precious.


MeOfCourse said...

Beautiful Heather. You've done a wonderful job setting up your altar. Enjoy the day.

rose of Walk in the Woods, LLC said...

Absolutely. Honor the ancestors. All of them.
I have altars already prepared and others to create (outdoors as well as in my little hut). For me, today and the days that follow are sacred.

Valerie-Jael said...

What great decorations - have a great evening! Valerie

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

Your Halloween post is great. Love your altar to honor those who have parted. Your painted skulls are beautiful and your decorations.
I just added 2 Halloween dolls that I made and some other things. Please stop by to see them and please leave a comment.

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Lynn Cohen said...

Awesome art, wonderful custom, and ritual. Thank you for sharing this! Hugs from me and mine.

Abigail Davidson said...

What a beautiful tribute and beautiful artwork!

Nic McLean said...

It seems like a lovely tradition. Your illustration is beautiful and your skulls turned out wonderfully.

SLScheibe said...

These are such beautiful decorations. And a wonderful custom too. :)

Aga Gasiniak said...

Beautiful painting, lovely colours and there is so much sweetness in her. thank you for sharing your art and thoughts.

Debbie said...

I love your painted skulls, and seeing the altar. It's such a nice way to remember our loved ones - not part of my tradition, but I am becoming more intrigued as I learn more about it.

Twist of Pink said...

You've got a big day! Your art is such a nice compliment to it all.

Linda said...

such a beautiful display. Your painted pieces are really fantastic!!

Kim Dellow said...

Beautiful! What a lovely alter. Have a fun PPF. Kim