Monday, September 30, 2013

Weekly Art Challenge-El Dia de los Muertos

Happy Monday everyone!  Before you get too nervous about the title of our challenge this week, I'd like to explain what "El Dia de los Muertos" means.  In Mexico, this holiday takes place on the first and second of November.   People take two days out of the year in order to pay their respect to their dead family members and friends.  During this celebration, skulls and altars are made, food is placed on graves, and families and friends celebrate the lives of departed children and adults.  You can get more information here.

The objects and artwork are not intended to scare people.  These creations are made to pay respect to a person's deceased loved ones.

Sugar skulls are created in the likeness of a departed soul to adorn the altars with a delightful and sugary treat for visiting spirits.  You can read more about them here.

 I'm always drawn to the vivid colors.  Here are some samples of artwork I found to inspire you.  Some of these are created in honor of lost pets, which really appeals to me.

I chose this topic for our challenge for a couple of reasons.  The first is that Halloween is approaching and lots of people enjoy celebrating it.  The Day of the Dead falls immediately after Halloween and has a seemingly spooky feel to it for some of us.  The other reason is that we all have loved ones that were dear to us who have passed away.  It seems like such a joyous thing to take a day or two each year to celebrate their lives.

I really hope that you'll create something this week as a response to El Dia de los Muertos.  Whether it's the holiday itself, the Halloween-like feel of the skeletons, or the bright colors that inspire you, I'm looking forward to seeing your creations.   Have a wonderful week!
                                                                                                                  Lou Anne



MeOfCourse said...

We celebrate every year on November 2 and I would be lost if we didn't carry this tradition out. I love the idea of welcoming our families that are no longer here. Spending an evening celebrating their memories makes us richer in spirit.

Deann said...

A great unique challenge thanks, Day of the Dead is really a wonderful tradition.

see you there! said...

A wonderful tradition and I enjoyed the challenge.


3rseduc / handsinthesoil said...

looks like I submitted twice, it acted like it did not work at first....

Lou Anne Hazel said...

I had lots of fun making this. I think it's such a positive tradition!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I'm glad you clarified the difference between Halloween and "Día de los muertos." Some people believe it has demonic roots like halloween, when it's really a celebration of the life of loved ones that have passed away. I did a post with some skulls a couple of weeks ago on the link below.


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