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Happy Halloween Month!

Halloween is my favourite time of year.
Always has. Always will.
It should be a national holiday!

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In preparation for this year’s costume and makeup / prosthetic extravaganza I decided to paint a picture inspired by the Haitian Voodoo Loa, Baron Samedi…

Baron Samedi

He is usually depicted with a top hat, black tuxedo, dark glasses, and cotton plugs in the nostrils, as if to resemble a corpse dressed and prepared for burial in the Haitian style. He has a white, frequently skull-like face (or actually has a skull for a face) and speaks in a nasal voice.

He is noted for disruption, obscenity, debauchery, and having a particular fondness for tobacco and rum. Additionally, he is the Loa of resurrection, and in the latter capacity he is often called upon for healing by those near or approaching death, as it is only Baron who can accept an individual into the realm of the dead.

Baron Samedi spends most of his time in the invisible realm of voodoo spirits. He is notorious for his outrageous behavior, swearing continuously and making filthy jokes to the other spirits. He is married to another powerful spirit known as Maman Brigitte, but often chases after mortal women. He loves smoking and drinking and is rarely seen without a cigar in his mouth or a glass of rum in his bony fingers. Baron Samedi can usually be found at the crossroad between the worlds of the living and the dead. When someone dies, he digs their grave and greets their soul after they have been buried, leading them to the underworld…

Let’s see how this artwork turned out…

Voodoo 1

Voodoo 2

Voodoo 3

Voodoo 4

Voodoo 5

Voodoo 6

Voodoo 7

Voodoo 8

Voodoo 9

Voodoo 10

The final artwork…

Voodoo 11

Voodoo Final

Happy Halloween everyone!
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About johnmcblain

Scottish Musician & Artist and FE Lecturer in Music. MA MSc BA BMus and now studying for my TQFE at Stirling Uni. Soon to be on Spotify! Twitter - @johnmcblain Instagram - johnmcblain

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