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.
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” ?