Haiti’s Day of the Dead combines Christianity with Voodoo Practices to pray for the spirits of the dead. A black cross is sometimes hung up to symbolize the spirit of death, “Baron Samedi”. Voodoo is still practiced today with hundreds who follow this tradition. many people ask for their wishes to be granted on this day and pray for a better life, hoping the spirits of their loved ones will lend them a hand in accomplishing their goals.

Haiti's Day of the Dead by Laura Barbosa - display

As an artist, I find the Day of the dead a very interesting cultural gathering of important significance that connects life and death and because this tradition is celebrated throughout the world in so many different cultures, the inspiration to create is an endless endeavor and one I find to be fantastical!

This artwork was created on a small canvas measuring 8″ × 10″ and is painted in Acrylics on Gallery Wrapped Canvas and Decorated with Silver Glitter.

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Decorated Sugar Skulls are used to adorn the ofrendas on Dia de los Muertos in Mexico. In Spain, skulls were used to mark the entryway to cemeteries. Many Cultures have different meanings for their fancy skulls. The mixing of a skull with flowers symbolizes life and love in this artwork.

Skull of Flowers by Laura Barbosa - display

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Pirate Booty Beach is where Pirates go to hide their treasure. It’s an island near the Galapagos with Komodo Dragons and creatures from another time. This Original Painting measures 24 x 36″ and was hand painted in acrylics and Ink. The figures are representing a fantasy pirate crew with a Skeleton Captain, a Skelly Parrot , A Walking Dead Pet bolted to the life boat, a Big Zombie holding a Pet Alligator and a Viking hiding in the back. The Jolly Roger Flag is adorned with a hanging Voodoo Doll.

Cool and Unique Art for Pirate Fans and Collectors! The original is on sale for $325 with Reproductions also available.

Pirate Booty Beach by Laura Barbosa 2013 - 24x36 - original painting - boat

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