Amor eterno y musica

From drawing to lino block to ink on paper in 4 hours

Day 306: Romeo & Juliet Linocut

Oh, Google. No “Day of the Dead” kickass homepage drawing? No stupid election day graphic? Not even an interesting combo of the two? I’m disappointed. Today I decided to make my still-sick-self create something with my hands. In honor of Dia de los Muertos, I decided to finally do some skull art. But I wanted a starting point.

I thought about it as I drove to my polling place today, listening to an instrumental version of Radiohead’s “Exit Music for a Film” on my car cd player. This song was specifically written for the end of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet. I got choked up thinking of how powerfully beautiful and sad the song is at the same time.

When I got home, I decided to do a Romeo & Juliet/ Dia de los Muertos linocut. I clearly forgot how long linocuts take to make, but once I’d bitten it off, I figured I should chew it all even if it meant several hours of shoulder pain. Sugar skulls aren’t really my thing, but the woodcut medium really lends itself to the style, and I’m happy with the end result.

"Romeo & Juliet", a linocut

Listen to the original version here. Listen to the instrumental version I was listening to today here. Read about this song that apparently helped Marilyn Manson decide against suicide by cliff jump here.

Sugar Skull Street Party

"Sugar Skull Street Party", a photo

Day 305: Sugar Skull Street Party, a photo

Not far up the street from yesterday’s photo, a store that I think is called “La Encantada” had this great sugar skull decorating table set up for people to get down with their Dia de los Muertos-selves. Apparently it is tomorrow, so educate yourself on wikipedia. I love that the person helping the kid (who is hidden behind her) do these is most likely of the muslim faith (a guess based on the clothing) but is celebrating both holidays at once (note the Ironman mask on the table). Yay, diversity!

Dia de Pan Dulce

"Pan Dulce", a photo

Day 294: Pan Dulce

“Dia de los muertos is coming up again. It seems like it was just here.”

“So are you going to finally paint a sugar skull this year?” Reina asked as we ventured into Del Paso Heights in search of adventure one afternoon.

My maiden name is Ramirez; I’m technically hispanic but was always ridiculed endlessly in school by authentic chicano children for obstinately continuing to have a last name in contradiction with my skin tone. So I love latin art, but hesitate to create any of it, expecting a backlash for trying to connect with a culture that is not really mine.  I noticed a bakery as I drove.

“Panaderia! You want some pan dulce?” I replied.

“Mmm, pan dulce! Yes! Pull over.”

Inside the bakery, we found a lovely wall display full of goodies like these Conchas. They let me take a photo with my phone (the DSLR is way too giant and obtrusive to just casually carry around for spur-of-the-moment stuff) which may very much turn out to be a painting one of these days. Ooh, perhaps stacks of sugar skull sweetbread as a subject? They did have these other rolls topped with odd little figurine toothpick things that I could totally turn into skeletons… we’ll see. No promises. For today, feast your eyes on this image I amped up the color in, and here’s a sweet little haiku to go with it:

yellow sugar swirls

airy dough puffs pink and peach

legions of love bread

My long-time readers know I like to write a haiku now and then, but when it comes to pairing them with an image, I must pay homage to the incredible Trish Tunney and her 50/50 project, in which she paired 50 newly written haikus with 50 unpublished photographs of hers in 50 days. If you’re in the mood to be amused/ amazed/ delighted, check it out!