Friday, August 19, 2011

Paint Party Week 23

The weeks keep passing by like "sand in the hour glass... these are the days of our lives..."
That phrase will be in my mind forever, it was my grandma's "story" as she called it. My mom's mom. I lost her too early, too. But I regress...  it's Paint Party Friday and I've got a work in progress to show today. A really long work in progress.

It's one of those projects you start and then set aside and think I'll get back to that. Well, it's time to get back to it. It's been years and it's been whispering to me in my dreams to come back to it. So I shall. Here's what I've got so far.

Skeleton and Roses - or Roses for the Dead as I like to call it.
You may recognize it as the famous Grateful Dead art of Alton Kelly. He actually got it from obscure etchings from the nineteenth century. He and his life long collaborator, Stanley Mouse.

I am drawn to the creepy or dark so often, I'm not sure where I get it but it is just the way I am. I am thinking maybe pastels to finish. I thought of colored pencil, but pastels are so bright and that's what I'm after. It needs a little tweaking before I start adding color. I'm sure I'll be sharing more of Roses for the Dead in future PPF's.

I'm watching one of my favorite movies as I write this, Practical Magic. So fun :)  It's getting me in a great little mood. Happy PPF everybody!

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  1. Looks great Jaime. I'm looking forward to seeing it in color. :)

  2. This has a wonderful start to it and I look forward to seeing what you do with it. Love the title too! HAPPY PPF!

  3. Hi and potent..a gothy girl myself..i love the vibe of this..gorgeous...and inspiring!
    Shine on my talented friend!!
    Beautiful and poetic!!

  4. This is so well done - i like the roses...and can't wait to see how you color it!

  5. Looks wonderful, I can't wait to see it all colored in! :-)

  6. I LOVE this- the sweetness of the roses offset by the grim quality of the skeleton; awesome! And yes I recognized the Grateful Dead influence but I also see a lot of YOU in there- can't wait to see it finished!
    P.S. I used to watch Days religiously- even planned my college schedule around it :D

  7. this is eerie and spooky and beautiful at the same time, can't wait to see it finished!

  8. Wonderful sketch ~ well done ~ namaste,

    Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF

  9. You're off to a wonderful start - I'm looking forward to seeing it in color :)

    Enjoy the movie!


  10. Oh, it will be fun to see how this progresses. It's great so far.

  11. Happy PPF, the drawing is fabulous and looking forward to seeing it progress with colour. Enjoy the weekend, Annette x

  12. I have lost most the Blogs I was following (Blogger is not playing nice) so I am slowly making my way back around. Everything just disappeared from my Follow List! Ughhhhh! *insert colorful language here*

    Glad I found you again!!

    I love know the skelly's are right up my alley!


  13. That's looking great so far. Can't wait to see the color.

    I love Practical Magic, too. Haven't watched it for ages, though. Thanks for reminding me of it!

    Happy PPF!

  14. Seems like many of us are looking back and deciding that we need to pull out those things in the back of our minds. Revisiting and recreating can be remarkable! Can't wait to see your finished the sketch to far! POP ART MINIS

  15. this looks great so far, i think it would make am amazing tattoo actually especially done in really bright shades as you plan to do. looking forward to seeing it completed.

  16. Very cool, can't wait to see it with color.

    Practical Magic is a fun movie, I don't know how many times I've watched it. It was filmed not far from where I live.

  17. Oh cool, what a fantastic sketch! Can't wait to see it in colors!!!Deb

  18. Coool!

    Looking forward to seeing more!

  19. I can hear that "Days" theme song in my head. It was my grandmother's story too. I would go to her house on sick days from school and watch it with her. By the time I was in high school (in the 80s) I was watching it faithfully. haven't seen it in over 20 years but cracks me up to see the SAME faces on the soap mags in the supermarket check out lines.
    but I digress... love your drawing. there's a little corner of my soul that's a deadhead. Plus I just like the drawing - I aspire to be better at drawing and love to see what others can do. congrats on picking this back up and listening to that whispering voice.

  20. Looks intriguing - thanks for sharing!

  21. I'm going to concentrate on finishing up some older paintings this week too! love it so far, and taht's one of my most favorite movies too, love the midnight margaritas scene!

  22. This is looking really good, Jaime. I watched Practical Magic the other night! Are you going to participate in the blog party? You definitely should. I have a link to it on my blog. It was SO much fun last year!

  23. Ohhhh I love this!!! I too tend to go to the dark side of life. A bit of a deep thinker. Kindred Spirits we are!


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