Grandsons Skeleton Painting Process and Finished canvas

My grandson saw one of my first large canvas paintings that was an original and was actually the first one I had ever done in this style.  He asked me if I would/could do one with skeletons for his apartment....sooooo...despite numerous stops and redos I am really content with the way this is progressing  ....  I am using a lot of stencils, parts of stencils, redoing stencils, as well as freehand, altering,  shading, highlighting, etc.  I think this is going to be a real hard one to say goodby to when I am finished and even if I wanted to I doubt that I could ever duplicate.  Right now I am waiting for small, brass skull head beads to "stick".  I am going to be adding 5 of them different places on the canvas.  Not just sure where this will head tonight when I go down.  Sometimes I just sit and look at it ...willing it to do it....  but I am really enjoying this one.   Continue to watch as it you see the skeletons which are already beginning to come forth??  

If you have comments or suggestions please leave them.  I would love that.

Tonight I made a mold of a skeleton ashtray that my husband has (he collects skeletons)...just the face portion and then did a clay impressions of the face area. I am planning/thinking I will use one or more of these in this painting (they are in the oven baking)  and what pieces are left I am going to try and work into a necklace.  Should be fun....need to hunt up some purple and green beads....

Diana's Favorites by DYNASTY (Brush Kit)

This is a specialty brush kit that FM and DYNASTY brushes put together for me about 8 years ago.  For me,  they are "staple" brushes.  I put the kit together using Dynasty Wave, Dynasty Dry Brush along with large and small IPC Flat Blends.  To use these brushes I found a few things enhanced their usage ... a Break In of sorts.  Additional sizes are available in the Dynasty  Collection series and in the IPC line there are other shapes of brushes.   A great online site to purchase your brushes is:  I have worked with them for years and never had a problem.

Next time I think I will introduce you to the Foliage Wave brush and give you some tips on how to break this brush in, prep it before use, clean, and where to hold the brush, etc.  I feel all are requirement to achieve good results.  

If there are any questions please email me at and I will do my best to answer.


Freezing fog on a pine tree bough.