Dia de los Muertos

A year ago I lost my beloved Tula to lymphoma-@*&%$#@Cancer!

tulasnow

Tula

I was hit by the triple whammy of mourning, autumn and the dreaded “Falling Back!”

It was dark, rainy and cold.

So what does an artist do to raise her spirits?

Paint skeletons!

boardpainting_3web

My 1st painting was done in acrylic on an old board with appliqued, dried, ferns.

I painted several memorial images of Tula, and other dogs and cats.

Pansyweb

PansyCat

Seabiscuitweb

The ghost of Seabiscuit

pike

Northern Pike

solsticesheep

The solstice sheep

This year my Dia de los Muertos altar will be packed with color and light to honor my beloved dead.

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.

DayoftheDeadweb  Diadelosmuertesweb

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

georgie

The blazing hot palette set me free.

queen   deadkitty

Finally I painted this regal, reclining cat.

Recliningcatweb

May they all find a home in the Happy Hunting Ground

#SkaDaMo2014