Monday, July 22, 2013

Marie Laveau

Down in Louisiana, where the black trees grow
Lives a voodoo lady named Marie Laveau
She Got a black cat tooth and a Mojo bone
And anyone who wouldn't leave her alone
She'd go (EEEEeeeeee) another man done gone.

This is a new stamp for me, but as I colored her I thought of this song. I love this song - Shel Silverstein knows how to write!!!

Now Marie Laveau's history is ambiguous and full of contradictions. There are various stories about her father (white plantation owner, to free man of color), Her religious practices (Voodoo priestess and devout Catholic), and although the Shel Silverstein version in his song described her as having a "bent bony body and stringy hair"... and "too damned ugly for a rich man like me", she is actually supposed to have been remarkably beautiful. However, I see this image and think of the song.  And it makes me smile - because I actually have the song in my arsenal of music. :-)

The colors used were the V91, 93, 95, 99 for the purples, and the warm greys for her skin and the skulls. I used Y00, 23, 26 for the gold, and the greens are YG91, 93, 95, 97.  Once completed, I went back and used various blues for the dots, and then one of the lighter warm greys to airbrush and soften it a bit.

I am entering this into the following two challenges:

See you all later!!!! I have taken my benadryl and am going to be passing out shortly. :-)



  1. Wonderful - I love it!!!

  2. Alaine, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!! The colors are soft and sinister at the same time and the dots are a wickedly fabulous detail! Hugz to you lady! Cheryl

  3. Great card, thanks for joining CMC classroom challenge! Shannon DT Member