“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.
I thought this might be interesting of showing the progression of how I created “Isabella” I actually worked on this for several months off and on and finally came to completion. It is 48×36″
“Isabella” is 36×48 so took longer than expected to complete. I had put some flexible plaster over the canvas before gessoeing which actually made it more difficult to paint details over the 3d ridges of texture. However, the texture and metallic paint touches offer more interest and a bit of abstraction. I had wanted to do a Latino mermaid for a while so here she is. Up until today, she was nude. DO you think I should cover her breasts more since she is posing to the front?
This original painting was created years ago during a great storm, hurricane Francis. Recently, I reworked some areas and finished her. I was trying to convey how a mermaid underwater would be reacting in large storms. WIth her tail swishing the currents and obviously her hair is being tosseled around from the moving tides. This mermaid painting is 30×40″.
While “Beehive” is running at the local community theater, a couple dozen of my Underwater Divas and other underwater art will be on display/sale in the lobbies. Beehive is sure to be a hit so check it out.
This large mermaid painting was just completed and I am happy with how it evolved. The center panel is 24×48″ but I felt it was crowded so I ordered two additional canvases 12×48″ to flank the sides. It took a month more of painting and adding sea creatures to complete. The next stage is several coats of varnish. She is called “Sunshine” because with her crown of coral and seashells, she looks a bit like a hippie from the 70’s and what better name than “Sunshine” ?
This gallery wrap painting of a portrait of an underwater diva is called “All Dressed Up”. It is 30×30″
As an artist, I do more than paint large paintings and create photographic illustrations for galleries. For years I have painted and fired glassware, painted electrical outlet covers, created magnets with artistic images and also create mini original paintings. These all make excellent gifts which are more meaningful to the person you are giving to. FOr the next week, I have reduced prices on all of these items and can ship anywhere. We take all major credit cards for your convenience. Just give me a call at 904-241-8233 or email at email@example.com if interested in more information. Happy Holidays everyone!!!
A lovely couple from Arkansas made an appointment to meet me and to purchase a mermaid painting. They actually drove from Arkansas and ended up with purchasing a couple of originals. Luckily they had a large vehicle that fit the 36×60″ painting. I was so thrilled with the sale and also really enjoyed spending time with me. They had bought a painting several years ago from me but said that seeing the originals up close and personal really made a difference. I professionally photograph my paintings but there is nothing like seeing a painting in real life that shows the luminosity, the brush strokes and all. Thank you so much Kim and JD.
Sometimes, it is hard to show a painting when its very large so I cropped a section to show you the face. The original is 48″ x 36″ and called “Under a Crescent Moon”.
The unveiling of a new mermaid painting: “Under a Crescent Moon” is 48×36″ and is a gallery wrap so no frame is necessary. Being quite large, this would be wonderful in a living room, den or formal dining room.
Sometimes it is hard to know when a painting is completed and once the final varnish is set, more difficult to make changes. I was going to make the hands more distinct and complete but then, having them softer and more painterly gives more focus to the face and other details. Hope you like it!
Prints are available through me or through http://www.linda-olsen.artistwebsites.com
A couple in California have purchased two of my original mermaid paintings and I am shipping them this week. One of them is destined to go on their yacht named Sirena Rossa for the red haired mermaid in Italian. Obviously, I am thrilled!!
“Contemplation” is 24×48″ and the newest mermaid painting. Hope you like it! Still, I have to put the final coating of varnish before it goes on display. Lately, I have been using several coats of final HIGH GLOSS varnish which adds gloss like it is really underwater…plus for added protection.
I thought it may be interesting to post the progression of one of my paintings. Of course there are many steps that I did not photograph because I was concentrating and creating as I go. I do start out with a sketch on paper of what I have in mind and then I resketch it onto the gessoed canvas. From their I start layering bacsic colors with thinner paints and gradually build up my lights and darks. The faces of my mermaids usually evolve and change many times.
“Darkness Darkness” was just completed. I wanted to keep it dark and moody since under the water, the light would be dark.The original is 24×48″ and prints will be available at http://www.FineArtAmerica.com soon or through me in a month.
“Asleep in the Dark” is a 20×50″ original painting that I created about ten years ago. I always rather liked it but it was an odd size and because the underwater diva was bearing her breasts, she did not sell. So recently, I revisited it, put clear gesso on numerous areas and then proceeded to finish it. I added the little fish, repainted the scales, added hair, cleaned up some of the skin and made her more modest. As an artist, knowing when a piece is done is sometimes difficult and I am glad that I reworked this painting. I think its more attractive. Original and custom prints available.
This week I worked on an older painting and changed certain elements like adding hair that swirled around her body, added more fish, made the hair more flowing and added more highlights and color in the water. What do you think? Oh the new one is in the frame.
“Resting on a Bubble revisited” is a framed giclee that I repainted and added many new features. It is 24×48 with a whitewashed frame and is a great price.
A lovely woman form North Carolina is purchasing a very large canvas giclee of this older mermaid painting to be hung in her popular seafood restaurant. “Mermaid Sleep” was one of my very first mermaid paintings (possibly 1999).
“Waiting for her Ship” to come in was an older painting that I did a half dozen years ago and decided to rework it. I am much happier with the results. Sometimes when I think I am done, after reexamining the work, I feel dissatisfied and its good to correct the mistakes.