I think it’s working, pastel painting of a skeleton feeling the effects of drinking the water from the Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine, florida

Greetings from St. Augustine series

The challenge

I was invited to put together an art show that would complement a 4-week production of The Addams Family Musical at the Limelight Theater in St. Augustine, Florida. I came up with about fifteen paintings featuring skeleton tourists capering on and around St. Augustine landmarks. The best part was coming up with the titles, which I treated as cartoon captions. Fun!

The results

The show was very successful. The theater told me afterward that they’d sold more artwork during that show than any other. Not surprising, since the volunteers at the theater also volunteered at many of the landmarks depicted in the paintings! They were particularly taken with “I Can See My Crypt From Here,” and “I’ll Sit Where I Like, Thanks.” I distinctly remember one patron flipping through the prints and laughing out loud. It was awesome.

Skelly tourism anyone?

I would love to do this series again, but in another town. Do you have a suggestion? Could you put up with me while I visit and get ideas? Contact me if you’re a tourism destination interested in partnering with a bone-ified artist who loves to draw skeletons doing touristy things!

Purchase skelly art for your very own

Many skelly originals are available for sale and there are cards, prints and canvas wraps, too.  Click the thumbnails for purchase information and a detailed description of each piece.

Pastel painting of a skeleton couple, just married, and enjoying a horse and carriage ride through St. Augustine, Florida.

Happily Ever After, 16×20″ pastel on paper.

Pastel painting of a mermaid waving to passing ships near St. Augustine, Florida.

Hello Sailor, 14×11″ pastel on paper.

Pastel painting of a skeleton yelling at kids from the tower of the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida.

You Kids Get Off My Lawn! 14×11″ pastel on paper.

Pastel painting of a skeleton couple taking one of the popular Ghost Tour trolley rides through the streets of St. Augustine, Florida.

Wonder if We’ll See Anyone We Know?, 20×16″ pastel on paper.

Pastel painting of a skeleton regarding children walking on the street below from the window of the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse in St. Augustine, Florida.

Why Aren’t Those Kids in School?, 14×11″ pastel on paper.

Pastel painting of skeleton teens complaining about how bored they are.

There’s Nothing to Do in this Town, 14×11″ pastel on paper.

Pastel painting on Canson mi teintes paper of an alligator keeping a claw on a shin-bone with attached foot at the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, Florida.

That’s Not Funny!, 8×8″ pastel on paper.

Pastel painting on Canson mi teintes paper of a skeleton couple enjoying a romantic evening in the moonlight on the beach at Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine, Florida

Pull My Finger, 14×11″ pastel on paper.

Pastel painting on Canson mi teintes paper of a skeleton just getting in the way of the perfect shot of the pirate ship docked in St. Augustine, Florida.

Photo Bomb!, 14×11″ pastel on paper.

pastel painting on Canson mi teintes paper of a skeleton blowing bubbles in front of the city gates in St. Augustine, Florida. Well, where did you think orbs came from, anyway?

Orbs, 14×11″ pastel on paper.

Pastel painting on Canson mi teintes paper of a skeleton making fun of one of the statues on the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine, Florida.

Ooh, Scary, 16×20″ pastel on paper.

Pastel painting of a skeleton tourist claiming friendship with the famous explorer Juan Ponce de Leon in St. Augustine, Florida.

Me and Juan Go Way, Way Back, 14×11″ pastel on paper.

Pastel painting of a skeleton sitting on the walls of the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida

I’ll Sit Where I Like, Thanks, 20×16″ pastel on paper.

Pastel painting of a skeleton riding the waves on a surfboard in St. Augustine, Florida

I Still Got It, 16×20″ pastel on paper.

Pastel painting of a skeleton pirate scolding a skeleton parrot

I Just Fed You, 14×11″ pastel on paper.

Pastel painting of skeletons on the lighthouse in St. Augustine, Florida

I Can See My Crypt From Here, 14×11″ pastel on paper.

Pastel painting of a skeleton seated on a cannon in the city of St. Augustine, Florida

I Am Smiling, 14×11 pastel on paper.

Pastel painting of a lady pirate skeleton with a pistol

A Pirate and Her Pistol, 14×11″ pastel on paper.

pastel painting of a skeleton at the Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine, Florida

I Think It’s Working, 18×12″ pastel on paper.

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