Friday, August 13, 2010

Celeste - New Orleans Voodoo Queen

"Celeste" is my Voodoo Queen, a dark princess from New Orleans, Louisiana. She stands outside of her voodoo shop, where people come to buy love potions, good luck charms and other gris-gris. She is conjuring the spirit of her lost love, barely visible beneath her fingertips.

This original drawing was inspired by one of my favorite songs by Louisiana rock band "Cowboy Mouth" - "Voodoo Shoppe".

"Down off the rampart,
there's a little hideaway,
and if you've got a brave heart,
you can come and visit any day.

There's a princess named Celeste,
eyes like fire, her hair's a mess,
incense burning, my luck is turning,
I can't tell but I'm under her spell."

"Celeste" contains lots of little details, from the boning on her burgundy corset to the skull and glasses of her lost lover, to the magical black cat and glass bottles full of potion in the shop window. The full moon and night sky lend their light, while Celeste works her voodoo with the bubbling cauldron.

Graphite, pencil, watercolor pencil, ink and pastel are used to create this original artwork. This drawing is 8.5 x 11 inches (21.5 x 28 cm). Prints are also available in my Etsy shop.

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