Sunday, November 1, 2009

"Day of the Dead skull" ACEO

Watercolor and ink on watercolor paper - 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" (SOLD)

Start eating your sugar skulls and assemble your ofrendas! It's time to celebrate el Día de los Muertos also known as the Day of the Dead! Tan emocionante!!

This Mexican holiday occurs on November 1st and 2nd, when the dead are honored and remembered.

Inspired by this festive event, I created this Day of the Dead skull!

Skulls are said to represent death and rebirth while butterflies symbolize the souls of the deceased.

I wanted a design and color scheme that just pops!

There's something so eye-catching about Mexican Art that draws me in. So full of life and color and tradition. Maybe I was a Mexican girl in another life. That would explain everything!!

Here's to hoping everyone has a maravilloso time....both the living and the deceased!


Michael Rivers said...

Great piece! Thanks for sharing.

Dean Grey said...


You're quite welcome!


Sheila said...

You're so talented...Hey great new photo on the bottom of your bio! Have you been taking "handsome" pills or something?

Quincifer said...

This is so beautiful.
I never knew about the Day Of The Dead, so thankyou for exposing me to something new :)

Manon Doyle said...

Love it! These ACEO's are so small! Great work Dean!!

Dean Grey said...


No pills, just really, really good lighting and photo retouching!



It's a wonderful celebration so I'm glad you finally know about it!



Yes, quite small! It's pretty simple but I wanted to create something for the Day of the Dead.


I appreciate you three ladies stopping by!


jason said...

Love it!

A Mexican girl? No kidding?
I think we need to hold a Quinceañera for you soon! :)

elsiee said...

Oye chico!! That would explain everything, wouldn't it?? Me encanta to calavera del dia de los muertos!!

Ekanthapadhikan said...

Superb. Wish my skull was so colourful!

Anonymous said...

Hi Dean!!! I love your watercolour! It's absolutely popping, that's for sure. I didn't know that about the butterflies, that's very touching actually. I too love Mexican art and decor, it's just so happy isn't it? Hope you're doing well!

Dean Grey said...


I'm up for a Quinceañera anytime you are!



Gracias! (^_^)



I'm drawn to lots of color so I agree with you!



Yeah, I didn't know about the butterfly thing either until a friend of mine told me about it. Very touching, indeed!


Thanks to all of you for the festive comments!


Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Thank you for commenting on my painting. I so appreciate your visit. Love your skull, too. I love Mexican art, too!

Artisticpixie said...

that's beautiful. i love the warm orange color which contrast with the blue butterfly.

Dean Grey said...





Thanks for noticing the color combinations. I chose them for that exact reason!


I appreciate hearing from you two!


Carolina said...

I like it very much Dean, the colors are so vibrant...! And your writing made me smile, me encantó tu post :)
Muchos saludos,

Anonymous said...

That's beautiful! I never thought a skull could look so vibrant and upbeat. you definitely changed my perspective on the matter.

Dean Grey said...


I hope my Spanish was okay!



I'm glad I changed your perspective!


Thanks to the pair of you!


Cooper said...


Dean Grey said...


Thank you!!


robertga99 said...

You need to do more and put them on Ebay. I bid on this one but couldn't keep an eye on it since I was on vacation :(

amar said...

Wow...this piece is terrific! I wish it wasn't sold so I could buy it.

I learn a lot from your blog - it's my favorite blog to read. I've been pretty busy lately and haven't had a chance to come by.

Thank you, Dean for sharing your incredible art and writing. You are a beautiful and amazing person.

Dean Grey said...


I'll trying listing a few more things on eBay before the start of the new year.

I appreciate the support, Bob!



Yes, it's sold already. The early bird get the worm, so they say.

I'm humbled by the compliments. It means a lot, especially when I'm feeling so unsure about things.


Always nice to hear from both of you!


Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

You are a STITCH! And this certainly does pop! Of course it sold....!

Isaura said...

Love it!!

Dean Grey said...


I try!



Glad to have you here, girl!


I appreciate hearing from both of you ladies!


JM said...

I just love Dia de los Muertos and mexican art! Or better saying, I love Mexico! :-)

Dean Grey said...


Me too!