Ghost Photos by Yvette Worboys

This is as close as I get to a Halloween or Day of the Dead post.

My article first published as Ghosts – Photos Taken Inside Former Psychiatric Hospital Brings Photographer National Attention on Technorati.

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Dolls, Masks, Zombies, Devils, Skulls and Day of the Dead Skeletons in the Pastel Paintings of Barbara Rachko

The Space Between, Barbara Rachko

To say that her pastel paintings are skillful is truly an understatement! New York City artist Barbara Rachko has perfected her artistic style working from her large collection of Mexican and Guatemalan folk art – masks, carved wooden animals, papier mâché figures, and toys – to create pastel paintings that combine reality and fantasy and depict personal narratives.

If you are wondering how this artist achieves such fine detail and a photographic quality in her pastel paintings, you can find out more about her techniques by following her blog appropriately named Colored Dust. The artist also share a lot about her art-making on her Facebook page, which you can Like to follow her there.

The multi-talented Barbara is a gifted photographic artist as well, and currently represented by the New York City art gallery HP Garcia.

The Sovereign, Barbara Rachko

False Friends, Barbara Rachko

 

Paranoia, Barbara Rachko

Effigy, Barbara Rachko

Happy Halloween!

Jack-o-latern

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Wishing all readers a fun and safe Halloween. Artist Milan Rubio recently told me that in Spain they used to celebrate, with skulls and skeletons, the Dia de todos las Santos or Day of all the Saints, but that now American Halloween has become more popular. While the Mexican Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is becoming more and more popular in the United States, especially in California. In Tokyo, Japan I remember that American expatriates celebrated Halloween with an annual costume party on a train. Halloween was so unusual to the Japanese culture that the costume party made TV news and the front page of the local newspapers. The intermix of cultures gives  me lots of new ideas for Halloween art for next year!

Sugar Skull Mask

Image by totusmel via Flickr

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