Guess whose been dabbling in sugar skull inspired art? The more I learn about this Mexican Holiday (Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead) the more I love it. It’s a beautiful tradition of honoring and remembering loved ones. Family members gather around graves with candles. There could be music or planting…a mexican gentlemen i met at the Monsters of Art show said in his village it was common to plant a little cilantro at the grave. Skulls are cast in sugar and decorated with colorful icing – (learn how to make your own sugar skulls here.) The reason for the elaborate and festive look to the skulls is to indicate that the soul is in a good place as a bare skull denotes sadness and mourning.
Anyway, I think it’s wonderful and started casting sugar skull molds with plaster and painting them. These are my first attempts and I feel like I’m getting a nice groove going. It’s funny because I used to do a lot of mehndi on people and this isn’t a far stretch from that at all.
I hope you enjoy the art and had a wonderful Halloween. As you know, I’ve been gearing up for Thursday night for Jim’s Nuthin but Love CD and birthday celebration at the Garage. I’m very involved in the advertising, graphics, etc and will also be on the artist’s alley with my GingerDead work, so i’m spread very thin these last few weeks. This may have to be your update for the week because I’m really not sure I’ll be able to get a comic done and posted Wednesday at Midnight. We’ll be setting up the for the party on that evening and I’m still racing to get more artwork ready and help Jim with a ton of things.
If you live anywhere in the Tampa Bay area, you really should try to make it. We’ll have 5 bands – the Jim Morey Band headlines – preceded by Acho Brother, Fall on Purpose, Bamboo Social Club and Lounge Cat. The House of Ska will have living statues to present Ivanka’s amazing fashion designs. Mr. Satanism will do a dramatic reading. We’ll have several live painters in action as well as some choreographed performance dance numbers from the Fletcher Dance Project. It’s almost too much to list to be honest. I believe wolfboy will make an appearance. Hoo! Just come.
You are welcome to dress as a carnie or whatever you want. Freaks are more than welcome! Wait til you see my ensemble!
Jim Morey – Nuthin but Love CD and Bday Celebration
The Garage Bar on Central Avenue St. Pete FL 8pm
If you need more comic action why not check out my friend Sean Hexed’s brand new webcomic – A Gross of Goblins. It’s got such an Edward Gorey feel to it. We are both big fans in case you hadn’t guessed. I think you guys will dig it. 🙂
See you next Wednesday as usual. I should have some fun pics by then. 🙂