Nothing serious

Mrs WB and I have painting class together on Fridays. She paints tropical landscapes, sea shells, boats and all sorts of pretty paintings. I always admire her efforts, but somehow I can’t seem to follow her lead. It never occurs to me to paint a landscape, my fevered brain wants to paint things like Iguanas Playing Poker inspired by CM Coolidge’s Dogs Playing Poker series. I have, so far, resisted the temptation. However I indulged my penchant for whimsy with a pair of Catrin paintings, a revolutionary Adelita and a Bella Epocha lady. Last Friday they were joined by this trio of Mariachis. I couldn’t resist giving them all mustaches and eyebrows.

Mariachis with Mustaches mixed media

Normally my paintings are acrylic on board, this time I also used a white grease pencil, various Sharpie indelible markers and other felt pens in my possession. I also put a coat of triple glaze over it all.
Here are all my skeletons lined up in front of a cupboard that I refinishing.

all my skeletons

I’m not sure what I am going to do next, but maybe I should try something less off beat?

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Linda, I am thinking that I will put my skeletons up for sale. I love painting them but I don’t know how many I want to have displayed in my house.


  2. These are REALLY cool!!! I WANT ONE!!!

    I bet you could start a little Dia del Muerto sales thing! 🙂

  3. Barb, pretend that I am slapping myself on the forehead. duh! of course it’s obvious once you point it out.Thanks.

  4. kwim = know what I mean. 🙂

  5. Too funny, how our minds work. I had no idea about the art sale; but I am sure you would be able to sell some of your paintings.
    I think if I try one it will definitely be a balance between real (a bit) and surreal (more) lol.

  6. Brenda, that is so funny. The IWC (International Women’s Club)is planning on having their first ever art show in November. It’s been on my mind, so of course that is what I thought of. Of course, the day of the Dead makes total sense. As for the eyes and such, you just have to decide how “real” you want the skull to be. I tend to strike a balance between a realistic representation and a stylized one. It’s all in the interpretation.


  7. Theresa, I guess I wasn’t clear when I said that you would be ready for November. I wasn’t talking about selling your work; although I am sure you would have lots of customers, I just meant you would be ready to decorate your home for Day of the Dead.
    The part of the skeletons that appeals to me is not having to fight with getting the eyes done right, the sockets have got to be easier than doing the eyes, maybe lol; but the bone structure still has to be correct. Who knows what will come next for me I am experimenting with using water and pastels at the moment.
    Have fun.

  8. Contessa, That really is true, I am painting because I want to create not for any other reason. I can’t be who I am not, and neither can my paintings.

    Brenda, I don’t know what I have that I want to sell. November is a long time from now and probably several paintings so I will worry about that part them. It’s funny but most of the artists that I know aren’t interested in painting people and I am fascinated with them. The skeletons are fun especially since they are fantastical I don’t really have to worry about proportions as much.

    Mikey, thank you! mil gracias, you make me feel very good!


  9. Theresa –

    These paintings are wonderful! Mexican Folk Art is how I would describe them. CONTINUE. You have a very unique talent and a very unique way of expressing it on “canvass”. I loved the mixed media idea – it definitley worked for you!

    Bravo! Encore! Arrrrrriba!!!

  10. Love them. You are ready for November anyway.
    If you don’t “feel” a painting you probably either won’t finish it or will hate doing it so why bother trying to do something you don’t want to? Or that’s my feeling anyway. I have no desire to do people; BUT am getting an itch to try a Katrina sometime; but I have some other things I want to do first.
    Love your stuff and enjoy seeing it.
    Have a great week.

  11. A true artist is driven from within so paint what your mind & soul urge you to. Individuality!

  12. Barb, thank you. What does “kwim” mean? I am not sure if I have done enough painting to have a signature painting yet. At least I am not painting big eyed children or clowns.

  13. Nothing wrong with offbeat, Theresa. I love your skeletons. They’re kinda like your signature paintings, kwim?

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