Artist Sketchbook: The art of dead things – Slide Show and Poll

From cattle bones to smirking skeletons, dead things are all over my yard.

Melange of dead things on a dead tree/Art and photo by Ryn Gargulinski

Melange of dead things on a dead tree/Art and photo by Ryn Gargulinski

The problem is – I like it.

Perhaps liking dead thing art is not a problem, as I’m not alone in my passion.

Zombie movies are always a hit on the silver screen and skeletal figurines have long held center stage in shrines and mausoleums across the globe. Heck, the Capuchin Cemetery in Rome is even constructed of monk bones.

Dead thing art lovers get a welcome respite from being called weird during October, when Halloween, Day of the Dead and the general autumnal climate makes our adoration of dead thing art appear normal.

We just know in the back of our heads the stuff rocks all year round.

Check out the slide show featuring some of my dead thing art, some of which I created this weekend to stock up for the holidays.

Also feel free to leave ghoulish – or non-ghoulish – comments and take the dead thing art poll.

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My favorite "butterfly"/Art and photo by Ryn Gargulinski

My favorite "butterfly"/Art and photo by Ryn Gargulinski

How many dead thing art pieces do you have around your own home? – No, velvet Elvis paintings don’t count, unless he’s depicted as a skeleton.


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18 Responses to Artist Sketchbook: The art of dead things – Slide Show and Poll

  1. Carolyn Classen says:

    HI Ryn, I love that butterfly (bat?) art object you’ve created, and have been noticing a lot more skeleton art in the Tucson art galleries, in preparation for El Dia de los Muertos, and Halloween.

  2. Rynski says:

    Hiya Carolyn – thanks for butterfly/bat compliment! and yes, NOW IS THE TIME to stock up on dead thing art, for sure. actually, if you wait until right after halloween, you’ll get a discount on some of the stuff. but the best may be sold already. it’s just a chance you take with dead things. they are always a bit unpredictable (haha).

  3. azmouse says:

    Your ‘dead things’ art is so cute, though!

    Not sure why, but the ‘Terry’ one just jumped out at me. I love that one.

    Gosh…I guess it is time to drag out my Halloween stuff and decorate. I’m not even sure how much dead stuff I have. After every Holiday, I hit the sales and buy new stuff for next year, so I know I have new stuff in storage for Halloween, but I’m not sure what it is. lol

    I think I like dead stuff for Halloween instead of all year long because it seems more special and has more impact.

    • Rynski says:

      hiya AZMouse – …dead things are SUPPOSED to be cute (haha). thanks for compliment. I, too, hit the post-Hallween sales. I snagged a giant metal spider for something like $10 (originally $40+) at the garden shop at Target one year. it has become a year-rounder in my yard but i see you point about keeping the specialness. would you like a skeleton santa perhaps? haha

      • azmouse says:

        I have to say, a skeleton Santa sounds pretty cool, and most definitely unique!
        I know I have a cool new skeleton guy I bought last year at an after Halloween sale. He lights up all crazy and is human sized and makes creepy noises.

        Okay, I’ll be ready to send in pics of my pumpkins I carve this year. Last year my Sarah Palin pumpkin turned out perfect!! Although, by the end of the night after she was all tweeked and dried up, someone thought it was John Lennon……I went with it. 🙂

      • Rynski says:

        hahahha! YES!! i will be blogging about pumpkins and inviting EVERYONE to send in carving photos – we MUST see your sarah/lennon pumpkin, too. P.S. LAST CALL FOR reader TATTOO PHOTOS! e-mail to

      • azmouse says:

        I emailed last year’s famous Sarah Palin pumpkin. I like to do people’s faces.

      • Rynski says:

        got the pix, AZMouse – awesome!!
        she doesn’t look like john lennon at all (haha).

  4. radmax says:

    Mornin’ Rynski! Boy, your yard is a lot more interesting than most! Must be like Halloween all year round. You have a unique style Rynski, my daughter and I love the pieces you created for us! PS-do any of these guys freak Sawyer and Phoebe out? 🙂

    • Rynski says:

      mornin’ radmax – thanks! and i am so glad you and your daughter are enjoying dead thing art in your own home, as well. sawyer and phoebe don’t really get freaked out by the dead things. after all, sawyer is the one who once rubbed himself all over a bloated, washed-up sea lion carcass in oregon.

  5. Carolyn Classen says:

    Sidenote: The Pima County public library branches are hosting Dia de los Muertos activities, including sugar skull making:

  6. ericheithaus says:

    Loved the slideshow, you are a great artist!

    • Rynski says:

      thanks, ericheithaus! thanks for reading. hope you took the poll, as well. p.s. it would be super cool if you were one of the folks who said they have a femur in their bathroom!

  7. Andrew Ulanowski says:

    Morning Ryn, I never can seem to get the slideshows to work and poll, what poll?
    Anyway, I love your art and sense of humerus.
    There are 2 femurs in my bathroom . . . but only when I’m in there . . .

    • Rynski says:

      hiya andrew – thanks for chiming in…and sharing your own bony wit.
      i’m sad you cannot take the poll or see the slide show. but very glad to know you have two femurs. life would be  a lot tougher without them….

  8. Mary says:

    You know me and being a wimp, but I love your art, bony or not!

    • Rynski says:

      thanks, mary! and you’re not a wimp. heck, you’re one of the strongest people i know. you could even stare down dead thing art any day (haha).

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