Los Pajaros Amados-SkaDaMo/2014

The Beloved Birds

My Dia de los muertes journey has led down some side roads. I found El Pajaro on one of these. I am always drawn to images with a printmaking quality so I adapted this iconic Loteria pictogram image into my Los Pajaros Amados.

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The owl and the raven

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Beech Face

Leaf Portraiture

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Beech Face/ Maria

 

In my first Vermont winter in 34 years, I am re-discovering the fashions of autumn. So many leaves!

I cannot get my hands on my usual Beach Face elements, so I’m deploying leaves instead. Inspired by another look at Lois Ehlert’s superbly clever Leaf Man, I have been using leaves in various ways to create portraiture.

The rhubarb plant can supply an entire wardrobe!

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Sabin in the autumn

And sometimes only one is needed.

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Tula tiara

With the leftover riches I made arrangements and left them in the woods

Remembering the beloved dead~SkaDaMo2014

Remembering the dead has always been hard for me.

My latest loss coincided with Halloween and Dia de los Muertes and that has made it oddly easier to bear. I had a ready outlet for art therapy.

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I began by memorializing Tula, and then, needing even more therapy, I moved on to Georgie and Chihiro, and Queen of Heaven.

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The blazing hot palette set me free.

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Finally I painted this regal, reclining cat.

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May they all find a home in the Happy Hunting Ground

#SkaDaMo2014