PeachyCheek

Day of the Dead and Spanish Inspired Art

New Haven, Connecticut · 214 Sales

PeachyCheek

Day of the Dead and Spanish Inspired Art

New Haven, Connecticut 214 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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bianca garcia

bianca garcia on Sep 23, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Awesome sugar skull! Artist even sent different colored flowers, which was very sweet!

Brendan Whittington

Brendan Whittington on Jun 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Well crafted and beautiful design. Delivery was fast too. Keep up the great work.

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About

Painting my culture...

My name is Kim and I am the artist behind Peachy Cheek art.

The name peachy cheek is a nickname I was given. When I first started selling my artwork here on Etsy, I wasn't selling Day of the Dead art, I was selling "sweeter" art and a variety of other things. My love for day of the dead always existed, but I never thought to sell it, but the day came where I decided to list one and it evolved from there.

My art pieces are influenced by my culture and the many cultures that surround me. I am particularly inspired by Frida and Dia de los Muertos.

I love making skull heads and decorating them for Dia de los Muertos.

Day of the Dead is a special occasion in many different cultures. It has a strong impact in my life. It is thought that on this day those who have passed away come to visit. Marigolds have a strong connection to the dead. It is said that if you leave a trail of them from the grave to your home the spirit will follow you back. The day is not a day of mourning, but a day of celebration. Celebrating life.

When I make the skulls out of resin, paper mache, wood, plaster and other materials, I spend a lot of time with them, during that time I get to know them, and decide their personality and get to paint them to reflect it. During that entire time I spend with them I think about life and death. It has provided me deep reflections on how I have lived my life and how I live my life everyday. I do as much as I can not to take each day for granted. To cherish my loved ones. To find adventures and smiles in everything I do, see, eat, and experience.

I believe we should not be afraid of skulls. To many they represent death. Some people have seen my artwork, and truly become offended by it. I will never forget a show I was in, and a woman was absolutely horrified by my decorated sugar skulls. She said I should be "ashamed of myself". I explained to her that they were not real skulls, and explained the significance. But she was ready to hang me. She yelled at me, and spoke about religion and all sorts of things for reasons why they should not be made. She told the fair creators that I should not be there and that I should not be invited back. I was shocked, surprised, and hurt. It wasn't so much that she was scared by the skulls, that I can understand : ) It was her unwillingness to try to understand another culture, an art, a way someone expresses themselves with art. I had never experienced anything like that in my life, but it definitely had me take a step back. My art isn't for everyone. I don't do shows anymore with my art, but I do love that I can sell them online and reach people near and far.

When I sell a piece of art, I can't believe it. I am full of gratitude and so grateful that someone loves something I created. It's a such an amazing feeling. I love it. I love creating and I love sharing what I do.

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  • Kim

    Owner, Creator, Photographer

    Kim is the owner of Peachy Cheek and handmakes and handpaints all the pieces. She is inspired by her Bolivian culture.

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Last updated on November 12, 2012
Welcome to my Peachy Cheek shop. I am so happy you found me!

I create art that is inspired by the unknown, nature, day of the dead, latin culture, life and frida...

I have art prints from original paintings I have created, pocket mirrors, buttons, hand-painted sculpture, accesories all inspired by cultures I love...

Visit my blog to learn more about me, my art, and my journey in life: http://peachycheek.blogspot.com

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FAQS:

۞What is Dia de los Muertos?

Dia de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated by many countries all over the world. Most commonly associated with Mexico's Day of the Dead. However, the holiday is celebrated in different forms in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America to name a few.

Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd and coincides with All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day. Day of the Dead is said to be the day those who have past on come back to this world to visit their loved ones. Many cultures, not just Spanish speaking countries celebrate this holiday by celebrating the life of the dead.

Family, friends and loved ones show their love by creating an array of items, such as cooking the deceased favorite foods, putting clothes out, playing their favorite music, creating a special Day of the Dead bread (pan de muertos) created just for this occasion, and creating Day of the Dead Alters.

Some alters are larger than life and some families keep them small and personal and create their alters in their homes.

The Day of the Dead Alters are a beautiful sight. They contain photos of those who have past on, favorite foods, drinks, candles, and you can find the alter covered in marigold flowers.

Marigolds are used on alters and also as a crumb trail. It is said if you create a trail of marigolds from tombstone to your home, that the spirit of a loved on can follow you home.

The holiday consists of parades, festivals and other festivities. The holiday is more of a celebration than a day of mourning. Day of the Dead celebrates life and pays respect to all those who we know and love that have past on to the next life. It is a holiday I hold very close to me.


۞Kimberly's Beliefs

The paintings and artwork shown on here might be considered morbid to most. The skulls and the theme of death that plays out in many of the pieces might appear morbid, but in actuality it is a look inside the cultures that believe in the after life and who celebrate Day of the Dead because death affects all of us throughout our lives. Death is not something that many people put much thought into until it occurs. Family members, family pets, friends, and loved ones have or will eventually pass on.

The paintings and artwork that I create promotes the healthy speaking about life and death. Whether people believe in the after life or not, death is a part of life and thinking about it is not wrong or unhealthy, but rather a celebration of life.


۞Fellow Artists (such as Frida)

Frida was a beautiful person inside and out who lived a life of many pains that are reflected in many of her own art pieces. She once said that "I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration." Many people, myself included, paint what's on their mind, what they envision, and what they think about it and live through. Painting and creating art is an expression of thoughts and ideas. Frida's paintings have inspired me to do that.