"How doth the little busy bee Improve each shining hour, And gather honey all the day From every opening flower. How skilfully she builds her Cell. How neat she spreads the Wax. And labours hard to store it well, With the sweet Food she makes. In Works of Labour or of Skill, I would be busy too: For Satan finds some Mischief still, For idle Hands to do." Isaac Watts
I love Halloween, mostly because it is a great time to shop for skull themed home decor. I recently stopped by Williams-Sonoma for some coffee cups and almost walked out with half their Halloween decorations. Specifically, I'm in love with the large skull punch bowl... I think it would make an awesome planter, maybe spray painted white or florescent red.
As a child I remember watching Nick Cave's music video for Where The Wild Roses Grow featuring Kylie Minogue, and being struck by the beautiful shots of Kylie lying motionless in the water. I loved the serene expression on her face as she calmly sang to the song. Years later while studying art history I learned of Sir John Everett Millais' painting Ophelia, which depicts William Shakespeare's Ophelia from Hamlet. In my version of Ophelia, I tried to pay homage to both Cave and Millais.