So excited to be shipping two paintings to a lovely couple for their Cape May home. They will flank a large fireplace. The other painting was the one I posted 2 journal entries ago called Shana. They also are asking me to create a large painting for the bedroom. Its not early to sell large works of art but they found my work on http://www.fineartamerica.com and fell in love with my mermaids. I have completed over 40 mermaid paintings in the last 16 years and half of the originals have been sold and I continue to make fine art prints and giclees of the images which sell internationally. Growing up sailing seems to come back to me in inspirations of ocean artwork and sea-life fantasies. When I was a little girl, I used to draw mermaids and pirates and even dress up like them.
Sometimes, after several years, I reinvent a painting to alter areas that I just was not happy with. Just because you think you are done with a painting…doesn’t mean you are done. After putting clear gesso of the painting that had been varnished, you can repaint areas. Let the new painting dry for a week before re-varnishing. I am so much happier with this now.
Linda Altman from Neptune Beach came by and purchased an original painting “Jellies at the Ball” and also a large mermaid giclee to give to her sweetie. We are having some huge construction projects forced on us because the side of my office had some old rotten wood which needed to be replaced. This small repair turned out to be a month long huge repair when we discovered that 3 walls needed to have new studs, insulation and hardy board. My sweet husband Nelson has been doing a great job with this extensive repair all month and we were nearly done when he decided to also replace some roofing boards to do a proper overhang and last Friday, the huge rain came. Even though it was securely covered and all, the rain came through and now the entire ceiling and wall sheetrock needs to be completely redone. Plus the rain was so heavy that it flooded the carpet and will all have to be replaced. So today, I am trying to pack up my entire office, camera gear and furniture to make way for further construction. As the say, when it rains it pours…literally. I am so thankful that some friends have helped by purchasing art from me this week. I am trying hard not to be overwhelmed and depressed. All month I have escaped to my painting studio to avoid the nail guns and hammers in my office. Thank goodness I am blessed with a husband who can weld a hammer and work with power tools. He is going such a great job…we just had bad luck with the weather and now need to do many more weeks of heavy work.
“Slumbering Siren” is a 24×48 gallery wrap. You can see by the previous posts that various ideas were worked out.
Sometimes, people interested in a particular piece of art but cannot afford the original so offering prints on various materials is a good way to allow a person to enjoy art. I just sold a print of this mermaid. SO happy for the sale.
A lovely couple from Georgia drove down last Sunday to pick up a custom giclee of a mermaid painting that I completed for them and also purchased three small paintings.
“Midsummer Dream II” was completed after years in the hopper. It is 30×48″ and has metallic paint accents so when viewed, it shimmers delightfully. The background was painted with an acrylic wash with salt forming interesting shapes. This young mermaid has a bit of shyness as she demurely covers her breast with a seaweed leaf. Small fish swim around as she hovers by a reef. Prints are available through http://www.linda.olsen-artistwebsites.com or by request. Original painting is also for sale.
This painting is 40×40″ and is a gallery wrap so no frame is needed. I think it would great over a fireplace or dining room.
“Entangled” is 36×48 gallery wrap just completed. Its been hard to come up with a title because the expression on this siren’s face is that of surprise (like she was caught dancing with the octopus) but I thought “Entangled” was a better title since it can have many meanings. Her face changed many times as I worked on her for weeks and at one point she was looking off to the right but I wanted her expression to be more mysterious. Sometimes in life, we are pulled in every direction with the responsibilities of family and work..we tend to smile through the chaos of daily life as the fish (or other distractions) saunter by.
The size of this painting is fairly large so will go nicely in a living room, or dining area.
Several years ago, I did a painting called “Nicole le Mer” and thought it was completed. This week, I revisted it, put clear gesso on all of it and then repainted it. First of all, I thought her skin was too tan and needed to be paler..afterall, under the sea, mermaids do not bask in the sun. Also, I wanted more movement and fish to the painting. I thought she needed some jewelry and instead of holding seaweed in her hand, I thought that she could be holding a bouquet of starfish flowers. It was a fun two days of tweeking and repainting until I felt that it was finally completed. I did take a few snapshots of the progression of improvements. I teach seniors to paint and have a few students who ask me “Is it done?. ONly the artist can answer that and frankly, sometimes the artist is just DONE. Revisiting older paintings is usually a good thing to do, especially when you are not thrilled with the DONE painting. Put it aside and wait until you are inspired again. What do you think?
It is 24×48″ gallery wrap so no frame is necessary since the mermaid painting continues on the 1.5″ edges.