I've always been interested in the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.
The bright colors, traditions, sugar skulls, altars, marigolds, honoring and remembering deceased family members makes this a very neat holiday. I got to thinking, what would a Day of the Dead horse look like and I created the painting you see at the top. Then I wondered what it would be like to create a Painted Pony based on my painting.
So here you have Caballo de los Muertos or Horse of the Dead...
Based on my favorite Halloween tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, this pony features the Headless Horseman galloping on his black steed through the countryside. On the back I've painted Ichabod's mount, Gunpowder, grazing in the cemetery. Poor Ichabod hasn't been seen since his encounter with the Horseman on the bridge. On the base I have hand painted the Horseman's head, a menacing jack o' lantern.
"The chief part of the stories, however, turned upon the favorite spectre of Sleepy Hollow, the Headless Horseman, who had been heard several times of late, patrolling the country; and, it was said, tethered his horse nightly among the graves in the churchyard." ~W. Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
"The Horseman comes. And tonight he comes for you."
My newest Halloween Pony for 2010 is a bewitched Appaloosa named appropriately, Apparition!
This beautiful black app's spots have turned into ghosts and a witch flying on her broom. She's got a little jack o' lantern (removable) sitting on her base to keep her company. The best part about this original Painted Pony is that it is a companion to my design Appy Holidays which was the Trail's last Holiday Design Contest winner and will be available as a mass produced figurine next year!
Apparition: An unexpected, wonderful, or preternatural appearance;
a ghost; a specter; a phantom.
The original Appy Holidays - should be available next year as a figurine!