In researching festivals in Spain, I came across the "Entierro de la Sardina" translated the Burial of the Sardine which is in February the day before Ash Wednesday. Well, I thought this story very funny but also there is an edginess to it. You can read about the version I decided on here. I also found some images of a festival here. The Spanish painter Goya did a painting with the title of this festival and it is very eerie. There is also some controversy has to how the festival began. I liked this version because it made me chuckle but doesn't denigrate the others.
Since Maddie is a fabric designer, I thought I'd try that direction. I was getting too fussy with the fish (the other side of this one is silver and looked too fake...hahaha) so I turned it over to use my initial "what does a sardine look like sketch" and decided to use it. I also think I'd like the background to be black to represent the "male tearful 'widows'" instead of blue. Or maybe just leave it as is.
Maddie's note to Ruth reads: Dear Ruth, Madrid is beautiful. Festivity everywhere! Of all things today "Burial of a Sardine" Viewing it all from my balcony. Colors, music, costumes, revelry. Did some sketching of a large sculpture of a sardine. What a great way to be remembered! What a great way to go out...ha! Giant party. Sending you something for your hat.