Feliz Dia de Los Muertos! My Spanish is horrible, so I apologize in advance, especially to my pretty fluent husband who shakes his head at my pronunciation daily. We have these odd conversations where he speaks to me in Spanish, I understand completely but reply in English.
It’s Day of the Dead, which is wrapped up with Halloween to make my favorite holiday cluster. This year I even made a little family shrine which is something I’ve planned to do but procrastinated for a couple years. Years. I had so much fun putting it together that I’m considering making up a few to sell, like little kits.
We went on a weekend cruise to Mexico last month and my favorite part of the whole trip was browsing the shops, particularly one that was dedicated exclusively to Dia de Los Muertos imagery. My sister and mom had been there before and finally got me there too. I picked up some papel picado, which are lovely intricate paper banners. I put mine up in the studio and will keep it up year round, like I do most of my Dia de Los Muertos stuff. What can I say, I love skulls.
Halloween is my favorite. This year, Dr. Rossman and I fulfilled one of my costume-y dreams by dressing as Richie and Margot Tenenbaum from The Royal Tenenbaums. If you haven’t seen the movie, they are sad-serious characters, so that is why our expressions are sad-serious. We had to do a lot of photo retakes because we were laughing.
My real costume dream was to have our kids in matching red Adidas tracksuits, but they are past the age when we can tell them how to dress. Sigh.
Day of the Dead is just around the corner, and to celebrate, I’m linking to my Dia de Los Muertos portrait series from 2011. Feel free to browse, get inspired and if you would like to order your own portrait, hit me up by email. I’m dreaming up my next portrait series…I’m open to suggestions!
Dia de Los Muertos Portraits Vol 1
So, here’s a fun thing. My paintings of Ree Drummond’s kiddos are on her Food Network set this season. Like, right out in the open in every shot of her fridge. It’s so cool, I still geek out every Saturday when I see my art on television. What a dork.
Ree Drummond posted a couple of photos to Instagram today, showing my portraits of her for kiddos hanging in her kitchen. For someone who makes her living writing and blogging about food, it’s a high honor to have her looking at my art every day while she cooks and does dishes.
It was a great way to start the week!