Monday, October 31, 2016

Susan’s Stuff for Day of the Dead

she cries
By Susan C. Price

i love Day of the Dead, i love the decorated skull design and use it now and then in my paintings. (sounds so...lofty, is actually just what i do, like…um sewing or knitting or gardening – hmm, how many folks have i managed to offend with that attitude?)
    i have created two “altars” for folks who are dead. one for my mom, and one for the “infamous” Pam.
pam’s altar
they are inside shoe boxes, so that i can readily bring them out for display for the holiday and neatly store them in our small apartment the rest of the year.

(if i didn’t live in a small apartment, my art might well take a different tack...or three. if i had a large loft or barn, i could maybe do LARGE works, but i still don’t exactly know how a 5'2" person can easily paint a 20' x 12' canvas…and I’d have to have tons of room to get far enough away to see the whole thing at once. i could store canvases, stretched on wooden stretcher bars, so they are 2" thick...and not just remain limited to painting on very good paper, which stores in very slim space. if i had an extra barn, i might wind up getting into collage/assemblage, and pick up and keep tons of random shit...that way lies, i am sort of glad for the restrictions my living space provides.)
not leia
and, twice, i have created Day of the Dead skulls with a challah recipe to which i add more sugar, so it’s kind of a pan dulce/pan de muerto. yeah, it’s yummy. I really don’t grasp the kind of cake decorating that involves tricky, intricate Fondant decorations. Fondant does not taste good.
    a few years back, we had a Day of the Dead party, skull cookies, altars open, marigolds, and photos of those i love who are dead. oh, and appropriate cocktails. party on.

Maggi Altar the moon

Copyright © 2016 by Susan C. Price


  1. I can testify first hand that Susan's Day of the Dead pastries are to die for, no bones about it. Love the photos. Thanks Susan!

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  3. A nice person on Facebook provided me the following information:

    Three feast days in a row: All Hallow's Eve, All Saints Day, All Souls Day....below is the history, which is important to know - on a whole lotta levels.


    All Hallow’s Eve, or Halloween, is the vigil of All Saints (All Hallows) Day, a major feast on the liturgical calendar and a Holy Day of Obligation. Halloween (October 31st) is connected with All Saints Day (November 1st) and All Souls Day (November 2nd). These three days are the “Days of the Dead,” a triduum also known as Allhallowtide or Hallowmas, reminds the faithful of the reality of heaven and hell, the communion of saints, and our obligation to pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.