Celebration of the Dead (WhiteRosesArt.com)
Celebration of the Dead by Heather Miller Art

Title: Celebration of the Dead
No longer available
Year: 2013
Size: 5″ x 5″ x ~.5″

Celebration of the Dead was created using skull beads, acrylic paint, ink, and a wooden frame mounted on a 3″ x 3″ canvas.  A sawtooth hanger was glued to the back so this will hang from a nail just like a larger piece wood.

The Story:

I’m writing this story in 2016, the piece was created in 2013 so I’ll do my best to remember.

I’ve done many tiny works of art, for both the Day of the Dead and just in general.  The majority of those works were 2″ x 3.”  One of the places I order the mini canvases from introduced 3″ x 3″ canvases so I decided to mix things up a little bit.  It seemed like a good idea at the time anyways.  After owning the tiny canvases for months without any ideas for them, I was beginning to think I should have passed on them.

The frame that surrounds the piece I bought long before I bought the mini canvas.  I bought a bunch of them in a variety of styles.  Why?  I have no idea.  I liked them and they were reasonably priced.  Then they sat in a box. [In fact, in 2016, most of them are still in that box.]  I was sorting through my studio one day when I found my box of mini wood frames and realized that they might fit over those 3″ x 3″ canvases that were occupying a different box.  Huzzah!  I was right, the two fit perfectly together.

Now that I knew I could use the frames on the canvases, my battle was just starting.  I still didn’t know what to actually do with them.  I had purchases a few strands of those mini skull beads around this time.  I used them in different pieces but still had 30 of them left.  What to do?  It turns out that all 30 of them fit perfectly in the frame.  Seriously, I only had 30 of these left.  It was total synchronicity at work.

I painted the canvas black to make the colors of the skulls really pop.  I decided to dye the frame red because it seemed appropriate to the overall theme.  The red is actually a waterproof ink.  It soaks into the wood creating a somewhat uneven look (more like a stain).  I painted the edges black to really call attention to the details.  On the back of the canvas I glued a sawtooth hanger so this will hang just like any other work of art.