Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family who have died. The celebration takes place on November 1st (All Saints' Day) and November 2nd (All Souls' Day), Catholic holidays. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, skeletons, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed.

I have taken notice of this holiday over the past number of years and have come to love the art associated with it. Since my brother, Patrick, died in September of 2010, I decided to take part in Dia de Bloglandia this year. I had mentioned in a previous post that I planned to make a shrine in honor of Patrick for this event. That did not happen. However, I work in my sketchbook every night in bed with micro pens. I've been working on the above drawing in honor of Patrick and the things he loved in this life. Rather than be sad, I like the idea of celebrating his life with color and mention of his earthly loves. I think it would make him happy to know that he is being remembered and honored.

Now that I have an appreciation for this holiday and what it stands for, I plan to create more Day of the Dead art and to take part in this celebration each year honoring all friends and family who have died.

On November 1st and 2nd, if you click on the Dia de Bloglandia photo in the upper left corner, you will be taken to the blog, where you will see the many tributes (in both words and art) of those bloggers who signed up to participate.


yoborobo said...

I think your card is beautiful, and the fact that you remembered all the things that Patrick loved must be making him smile. :) xox!

somepinkflowers said...

i think your drawing
in honor of your brother
is perfect!

{{ i do notice you put in GOLF
and on my father's wee shrine
i included
~~a golf ball~~ !!!

these men!

always will be loved
for the games they played...
I Love It!

Roz Cawley said...

Hello Audrey and thank you for sharing your art-work memories of your brother. I'm so enjoying seeing all the different ways in which participants to the Dia de Bloglandia are expressing their memories - your card is more permanent than the things I have done this weekend, so you will have your lovely tribute to him to look at for much longer. I hope it helps to sustain you.
Warm wishes from England x

Gloria said...

Hi Audrey. What a beautiful way to honor your brother. It's a beautiful card and your work by the way is just awesome. I love your Halloween tree. It's great that we can all share our tributes to our family that is now gone. Thank you for sharing.

tami said...

your artwork is beautiful . . .it is a wonderful way to honor your brother. I hope your day is filled with beautiful memories and love.

Dawn Elliott said...

What a beautiful drawing you made in honor of your brother.

I have been in awe of this holiday since I learned about and participated in it in Oaxaca ten years ago. It is reverent in many ways, yet also positive and even joyous. Thank you for sharing with us today.

Stephanie said...

I love this tribute to your brother and all the things that bring him to life for you.

thank you so much for sharing this with us all.

Julie said...

Beautiful artwork! Thank you for sharing today..it is comforting to all of us to share together. xo

rochambeau said...

Your drawing as tribute to your brother is touching Audrey, and he liked Autumn!! I'm part of his tribe.

Yes!! like you, I think Patrick would like your art very much! Perhaps there is something that will happen today, that you might see the dove of peace!!


foxysue said...

I didn't know much about this celebration before, living in the UK we don't have a particular day to honour those gone before. This is such a lovely way to remember and as the years pass I'm sure it will become a tradition for more people as they learn the beauty of sharing.

Sue x

La Llorona Studio said...

We remember our loved ones in different ways. What matters most is that we remember them. Lovely tribute to your brother.

Fran aka Redondowriter said...

A great collage for your brother Patrick, which is an ofrenda within itself. I look forward to seeing other things you are doing, too.

Queenie Believe said...

A beautiful work of art in honor of your brother Patrick, it reflects your great love for him. Thank you for sharing your memories with us.
Have a great day,
Always, Queenie

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

This is an exquisite drawing and a moving tribute to your brother.

The Veil Is Thin

rebecca said...

oh audrey how perfect to think of you drawing and thinking of your brother. bringing to light the things that brought him happiness in life. your drawing is beautiful as is your heart.
so glad you are here shining your love light!

Heather Schmitt-González said...

Your drawing is so wonderful! It absolutely captures the beauty of the day and is a wonderful tribute for your brother. =)

Jan said...

Audrey, what a wonderful tribute to Patrick. I love to imagine you drawing and coloring away on this piece as you immerse your thoughts on your brother. It turned out great. What do you do with it now? Frame it and hang it up? How big is it? Well done.

lk moonwood said...

Hi Audrey, I am sure your brother is honored by your drawing, and that you have chosen to celebrate his life. Day of the Dead is a beautiful tradition - thank you for sharing!
And it's nice to meet you, too!
: ) lulu

AscenderRisesAbove said...

Audrey; I think the building of a shrine is a process. When I began to begin with mine I placed just a statue there for two weeks and then began placing photos etc next to it as my process of building it evolved. And although it is now photograph-able I do not yet feel like I wish to share it with the world as it feels so personal. Maybe some day I can be bold like the rest of you! I think the illustration always comes first as you bring it into your daily life and it manifests itself. Jacque

Tracy said...

Hello, Audrey! Many thanks for your kind visit to my blog. It's been such a joy to share this celebration with you and so many. Halloween is so much more than tacky costumes and candy. So very nice to meet you this week. :o) ((LOVE & LIGHT))

bicocacolors said...

Audrey well done, this is a beautiful tribute!

thanks and happy evening,

Maria said...

What a gorgeous card! Thank you for sharing this beautiful post! :)

Seth said...

I love your piece. It is such a wonderful tribute to your brother!