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 by Marie Marfia. Sold.
skeleton mermaid waving from the rocks in the ocean
Hello Sailor, 14×11″ pastel on paper, Marie Marfia. Available.
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 painting by Marie Marfia. Available.
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. Available.
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 by Marie Marfia. Sold.
Pastel painting of skeleton teens complaining about how bored they are.
There’s Nothing to Do in this Town, 14×11″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia. Available.
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. Sold.

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. Sold.
Photo Bomb! 14×11″ pastel on paper. Available.
pastel painting of a skeleton blowing bubbles
Orbs, 14×11″ pastel on paper by Marie Marfia. Available.
Ooh, Scary, pastel painting of a skeleton pretending to be frightened of the statue on the Bridge of Lions, St. Augustine, Florida
©2014 Marie Marfia, Ooh, Scary, 16×20” pastel on paper. Sold.
Original art
Me and Juan Go Way Back. 14×11″ pastel on paper. Available.
I’ll Sit Where I Like, Thanks, pastel painting of a skeleton tourist sitting on the walls of the Castillo de San Marcos, a national monument in St. Augustine, Florida.
©2014 Marie Marfia, I’ll Sit Where I Like, Thanks, 20×16” pastel on paper. Available.
Original art
©2014 Marie Marfia, I Still Got It, 16×20” pastel on paper. Sold.
I Just Fed You, pastel painting of a skeleton pirate chastising his pet parrot about wanting a cracker.
©2014 Marie Marfia, I Just Fed You, 14×11” pastel on paper. Sold.
I can see my crypt from here, pastel painting of skeletons on the St. Augustine lighthouse pointing out the tomb where they live
©2014 Marie Marfia, I Can See My Crypt from Here, 14×11” pastel on paper. Available.
Original art
©2014 Marie Marfia. I Am Smiling, 14×11″ pastel on paper. Available.
a pirate and her pistol, pastel painting of a skeleton dressed as a pirate holding a pistol by the barrel
©2014 Marie Marfia, A Pirate and Her Pistol, 14×11″ pastel on paper. Available.
Original art skellies skeleton fountain of youth
©2014 Marie Marfia, I Think It’s Working, 16×12” pastel on paper. Available.
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