Friday, April 27, 2012

Bewitching Calavera

Bewitching Calavera
11 x 7.5
Teresa Beyer
$75. Unframed

The word calavera is Spanish for “skull,” and can refer to the cultural Mexican celebration Day of the Dead and the Roman Catholic holiday All Souls Day. And in a just a little over a week we will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

Just a little reminder that on May 4th ~ First Friday you will find me at La Villita with DebraBenditz. I will be there from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. It would really be great to see you out there.

Some Calaveras are made of sugar and used to adorn altars and my be eaten. And then there are the liter arias Calaveras that write poems for the Day of the Dead that humorously criticize the living. And then of curse any artistic representation of the skull is referred to as a calavera.

I on the other hand while painting this piece kept thinking and singing the song “Witchy Woman” written by Don Henley and recorded with the Eagles. Let me refresh your memory of a few of the lyrics.

“Raven hair and ruby lips
Sparks fly from her fingertips
Echoed voices in the night
She’s a restless spirit on an endless flight.
Woo hoo Witchy Woman
See how high she flies
Woo hoo Witchy Woman
She got the moon in her eyes
She held me spellbound in the night
Dancing shadow and firelight
Crazy laughter in another room
And she drove herself to madness with a silver spoon”

By Don Henley and the Eagles

Keeping the brushes wet,

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