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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
This painting came together in the last few weeks. “Moonlight Stroll” is 24×48″ gallery wrap (thick so no frame is necessary). The original and prints are available for sale (custom sizes on prints). Inquire at email@example.com
The MacDOnalds from Freeport, Florida came by to pick up their custom order canvas giclee of “Daydreamer”. It is three canvases 18×36″ with a lot of varnish for durability. I can have custom canvas prints made of any of my artwork. Deanna was moved to tears… she was so excited when she saw it completed. Her reaction moved me considerably.
SO thrilled that this original painting entitled “Wondering” was sold through Gallery 725 in Atlantic Beach, Florida. It is 24×48″ gallery wrap.
A couple of weeks ago, I posted a new mermaid painting that was a revised painting from 2006. After I put a final coat of varnish onthe painting, I noticed a bit of pull of and smudging of paint even though I waited over 24 hours to varnish. Grrr. ANyway, I had to put a coat of clear gesso over the varnish and repaint her face and skin. Then I let it cure for a week before varnishing it. This time it is great. Possibly no one would have noticed the slight imperfections but I did so the additional work was worth it. Obviously the face is slightly different after reworking but I like it better. She has a more ethereal expression.