What more appropriate painting for the week of Halloween and Day of the Dead could there possibly be? I can’t think of one either.
This week, all iterations of The Skelly Dance are 25% Off. That means all prints, cards, canvas wraps and the original painting are available at a sweet discount! Sale ends Sunday, November 4, 2018. Happy Halloween! Happy Dia de los Muertos!
I sold two paintings (one even before the show opened! Thank you, Laurel!) and lots of prints and cards. I had more people sign up for my newsletter, Bone Appetit. The Artist Reception/Day of the Dead festival on October 30 was wonderful, too. There weren’t a ton of people that night but the ones that showed were over the moon about a Day of the Dead Festival in St. Augustine, and so I think that next year’s will be bigger and better than ever.
I don’t think I emphasized the fund raising part of the evening enough, but in fact, between booth fees and sales, we made a substantial contribution to a family’s fundraising efforts on behalf of their two kids who have leukemia, and I’m really proud of that.
Melissa, owner of The Red Sable, said I did the most sales of any other artist she’s featured at the store and she’d like me back next October, so hurray! Since Steve and I are planning to be back in Michigan by then, this will call for a long camping trip to Florida in October, but hey, I’m up for it!
I’ve already started thinking of new skellies to have ready for next year and next year’s Day of the Dead Festival in St. Augustine is in my iCal. I hope to see you there, too.
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I got to thinking that what I needed for my shrine was a doily. I have seen then on other shrines, cut outs with skulls and skeletons on them. So I thought I’d make one of my own.
Salvador Dali portrait that I found on Wikiart.
I started with Salvador Dali, because of course. And then I used a sharpie to turn him into a simplified, cut out-able skullitized silhouette. This required multiple passes through my brain to find something that made sense and wouldn’t be impossible to do with a pair of scissors or an x-acto knife.
Multiple passes. I love tracing paper.
Close enough to scan.
Then I took the final version, scanned it, cleaned it up in Photoshop, imported it to Illustrator, traced it and then selected all the parts that would be cut and made them black. Then I printed it out a few times and cut out the black parts. I used a hole puncher for all the little dots around the outside. When I set up my shrine I’m going to string the doilies all around it. Cool!
Here’s a version that you can download and print for yourself, if you like.
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Seriously. I have to give them all away. Are you on my mailing list? If you’re not, you can be. Send me an email (email@example.com) and I’ll mail you one of these postcards for my show at The Red Sable in October. It’s going to be awesome. I picked them up today at the printer’s and walked around a little bit on St. George Street in St. Augustine, dropping them off here and there. This weekend I will do more of the same. And mail out the rest.
Next week I’m going to hang my paintings all over the store, which means that this weekend I’m going to be busy putting all my art into frames. I’m getting excited about the big Day of the Dead party on October 30. That’s going to be way cool, too. Wonder if there will be a face painter there? It’d be neat to have my face painted like a skull.