Club Muertos (
Club Muertos by Heather Miller Art

Title: Club Muertos
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Year: 2013
Size: 2.5″ x 3.5″ x ~.75″

Club Muertos was created using beads, acrylic paint, and glitter paint mounted on a mini canvas

The Story:

I’m writing this story in 2016, the piece was created in 2013 so I’ll do my best to remember.

Club Muertos was created because of a error in ordering the mini canvases.  Normally I order 2″ x 3″ canvases.  I don’t remember where I got these but when I was putting them away I noticed they were 2.5″ x 3.5″  The extra half inch in both directions threw off many of my normal designs.  I had to think a bit differently about these slightly larger pieces.

This was the first piece I created with the larger mini canvases (at least as far as I remember).  I had purchase a few strands of those colored skull beads.  I think they are carved from stone & dyed as they are much heavier than plastic or acrylic.  I played with several designs when I finally settled on a vertical design.  Rather than paint the whole canvas a glittery silver, I decided just to accent the skulls.  I painted the sides black.  I used the silver beads not only to made the outsides less empty but also to tie into the silver in the middle.

I still think those little beads have a Dia de los Muertos look to the design although I don’t really know why.  I think I originally tried using them on one of the larger skulls but could never made them work.