8" x 10"
8" x 10"
Last month Chris Beck asked if I would like to take part in a Halloween Challenge along with some other artists. I was thrilled to take part, as I always look forward to the challenges that Chris and Pablo Villicana Lara come up with seasonally, so I spent ages in the dollar store finding props that might make a worthwhile composition. I arranged and rearranged pieces until this set up seemed to work for me. 'Unmasked' is 8" x 10" on 200lb paper, using watercolour and a little gouache.
My new assistant holding "Unmasked"
Now that you've seen 'Unmasked' and learned a little more about masks, go to the other challenge artists' blogs and see what Halloween goodies they have prepared for you. Images from all artists are on Chris's and Pablo's blogs and individual artists have their own painting and links to all other artists. I know you won't be disappointed.
Chris Beck: http://chrisbeckstudio.blogsp
Pablo Villicana Lara: http://www.mylittlepaintbox.b
Janet Belich: http://janetbelich.blogspot.c
Debbie Cannatella: http://www.dcannatella.blogsp
R. Garriott: http://www.rgarriott.
Jeanette Jobson: http://illustratedlife.blogsp
Ron Morrison: http://
Diahn Ott: http://artbydiahn.blogspot.co
Suzy Pal Powell: http://www.suzypal.blogspot.c
Terry Rafferty: http://terryrafferty.
Kay Smith: http://kaysmithbrushworks.blo
Deb Ward: http://debwardart.blogspot.co
Brenda York: http://brendayork.blogspot.co
The bird mask and the jack o' lantern seemed to be contrasts. One cheerful, the other with a more sombre history. Venetian masks are known worldwide and associated with grand parties and carnivals, but this bird beak one is a little different. It was associated with the bubonic plague.
Some plague doctors wore a special costume, although graphic sources show that plague doctors wore a variety of garments. The garments were invented by Charles de L'Orme in 1619; they were first used in Paris, but later spread to be used throughout Europe. The protective suit consisted of a heavy fabric overcoat that was waxed, a mask of glassed eye openings and a cone shaped like a beak to hold scented substances.
Some of the scented materials were amber, balm-mint leaves, camphor, cloves, laudanum, myrrh, rose petals, storax. This protected the doctor from miasmatic bad air. A wooden cane pointer was used to help examine the patient without touching
One of the more notorious plague doctors was Nostradamus. Nostradamus' advice was the removal of infected corpses, getting fresh air, drinking clean water, and drinking a juice preparation of "rose hips. What a novelty, cleanliness and vitamin C!