Creepy Goya Artwork Perfect for Halloween

Before I turned 1 my dad introduced me to scary video games like Castlevania and DOOM and scary movies like Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. Been hooked ever since.

I love scary stuff all year long but I always feel extra creeped out around Halloween. Well, I was driving home today when I saw an 18 wheeler that had the word “Chronos” written on it. I immediately thought about the Francisco de Goya y Lucientes painting, Chronos Devouring One of His Children. I haven’t looked at that painting in years, so I dug out my very heavy art book and took a look.

chronos devouring one of his children

Also named Saturn Devouring One of His Children

Goya painted this in 1820-1822 during the Romanticism period. I remember thinking that period would actually be romantic but it wasn’t. Instead you get a bunch of creepy and scary artwork.

Last night, I was watching Rocky V with my friend (who’s 13) and when Adrienne said she wanted her son to use his mind, not his fists, my friend said he didn’t understand how you’d fight with your mind. Well, he’s got some learning to do because our minds are the most fascinating and mysterious and most powerful parts of our body.

It’s my vivid imagination that usually scares me the most. And the creepy and scary things the human mind can think up is something that a lot of artists were trying to depict during the Romanticism period.   

chronos close up

Close up

I like the bright red blood pouring onto his hands which are clenched so tightly around the miniature body of one of his children that he must have broken the bones. His long hair and that crazy desperate look in his eyes sends chills down my spine. Even the color of his skin and the way Goya positioned the titan god’s body makes me feel sick.

Apparently, Goya originally painted 14 paintings known as the “black paintings” directly onto his walls in his Madrid home. That would be sooo scary to have this “dad” staring at you as you go get a drink of water . . . or gosh . . . a late night snack.

los caprichos

Another scary piece by Goya that’s perfect for Halloween is Los Caprichos, plate 3, from his aquatint etchings series. In this etching, The Boogeyman is Coming, Goya depicts an irrational and common fear which was created by parents and society to scare children into behaving.

I was never afraid of the boogeyman, but I knew people who were. After staring at this etching for a while and contemplating the fear I do start to get a little scared. Goya’s use of dark and light go really well with the terrified looks on their faces. And I can’t even see the Boogeyman’s face. The unknown is always scary.

My imagination has no trouble running away from me. Especially as I sit here in the dark on Halloween night while the rain beats on the roof.

I hope you enjoyed looking at Goya’s creepy artwork. I know I did. Have a Happy and Scary Halloween.

 

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Some Pretty Flower Pictures

 

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My town has a lot of beautiful trails to bike and walk. The trail I chose this week is pretty new. I can’t remember, but I’m guessing it’s about 5 – 7 years old. This trail is connected to other trails that are all connected by Lanana Creek. The University has a really good forestry and agricultural dept. So there’s always beautiful plant life to admire and takes pictures of.

 

I really like the bottom left picture. I always want to get a good picture of a dead or dying flower but usually they turn out looking dead and ugly. This one turned out pretty cool.

 

Is it Legal for an Artist to Sell Photos of Graffiti?

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In my last post I shared some pictures of some graffiti I found. I went back and took some more photos that I’m pretty happy with and I would like to sell. I haven’t finished researching the copyright issue but it’s probably a good idea to get permission from the artist before trying to profit off of your documentation of their work. I don’t know how I’d get a hold of the artist . . . maybe hang out around the area for a while and hope for a little luck.

I don’t want to take any chances though, because I really want to avoid legal issues. I’ll just share my favorite shots with you guys in the meantime. (I do see a signature on the Juicy Lips, and I’ve seen his signature on a mural downtown. I could probably find him.)

 

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Jumping Cowboy

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Sad Cowboy

I Found a Hidden Free Graffiti Art School

 

 

I was driving down North St. one day near the college, when I noticed this Octopi graffiti painted on the wall of a closed down fast food restaurant. I snapped a few pictures then I turned around and saw some juicy lips and the familiar “Nac Rats” rat.  Even the concrete had been painted. As I continued to explore I stumbled on a whole bunch of graffiti hidden in this little area.

I walked along the wall checking out this little art museum wondering how the people who live in the apartment feel about their view. Then I noticed a hole in the fence, a couple of couches, and the words “Free Art School” written on the wall in sharpie. Hmmm . . . I’m really curious who attends this free art school, but nobody showed up while I was there. Maybe I’ll visit it again sometime and run into an artist.