Mermaid caught in a swirl of current

With all 0f the underwater paintings being created inmy painting studio, I also have been working on a sea maiden since before Halloween. I finally finished "Swirling Water" which is 30x40". Mermaids take a lot longer than my ocean paintings because of the more realistic (expressionistically ) painted. Every brush stroke changes a look especially in the face. Its like her soul and personality emerges. Since mermaids are fantasy, I like the process of inventing the scene.  I dont force the look but keep working until I am happy. It was finished just in time for a big show at the Beaches Historical Museum. Opening is Friday evening.
With all 0f the underwater paintings being created inmy painting studio, I also have been working on a sea maiden since before Halloween. I finally finished “Swirling Water” which is 30×40″. Mermaids take a lot longer than my ocean paintings because of the more realistic (expressionistically ) painted. Every brush stroke changes a look especially in the face. Its like her soul and personality emerges. Since mermaids are fantasy, I like the process of inventing the scene. I dont force the look but keep working until I am happy.
It was finished just in time for a big show at the Beaches Historical Museum. Opening is Friday evening.

swirling-waters-face

Canvas Giclee a good affordable choice

A customer feel in love with one of my mermaid paintings but felt that she could not afford the large original plus the original was too large for the space she intended. SO I am making a canvas giclee smaller 12x36". The original is 20x60". I use only top fine art printers and give them the original to match as reference. Photographing your art properly is very important in this process. Making sure the  proportions are spot on and that all of the edge beyond the edge of the canvas is removed. As a professional photographer, I own some very good cameras so am able to get a very high resolution image file that is close to 100 MB.
A customer feel in love with one of my mermaid paintings but felt that she could not afford the large original plus the original was too large for the space she intended. SO I am making a canvas giclee smaller 12×36″. The original is 20×60″. I use only top fine art printers and give them the original to match as reference. Photographing your art properly is very important in this process. Making sure the proportions are spot on and that all of the edge beyond the edge of the canvas is removed. As a professional photographer, I own some very good cameras so am able to get a very high resolution image file that is close to 100 MB.

Finally completed mermaid painting after 5 years

"Tidepool" was started 5 years ago and I thought it was complete but revisited it,took it out of storage, put a clear gesso over it and worked for an additional 4 days. Since it is 36x60", which is quite large, its a much more physical experience. I have to keep stepping back to anaylize and make adjustments. Finally I feel that it is done. Hope you enjoy this. She looks as if she is somewhat surprised to be seen while lounging in the seashore tidal pools.
“Tidepool” was started 5 years ago and I thought it was complete but revisited it,took it out of storage, put a clear gesso over it and worked for an additional 4 days. Since it is 36×60″, which is quite large, its a much more physical experience. I have to keep stepping back to anaylize and make adjustments. Finally I feel that it is done. Hope you enjoy this. She looks as if she is somewhat surprised to be seen while lounging in the seashore tidal pools.

Tidepool detail Tidepool face

Decorating with Beach related Paintings and Accessories

As an artist who is obsessed with the ocean and the beach, creating a piece of artwork that gives the feelings of peace to a patron's decor is important. Trying to view artwork possible decor scenarios helps some patrons visualize a painting on a wall, giving scale and coloring ideas. I offer decor items like shower curtains, throw pillow, duvet covers, towels, shirts,beach bags with my artwork printed on them to spruce up your beach inspired home. Check out www.linda-olsen.pixels.com.
As an artist who is obsessed with the ocean and the beach, creating a piece of artwork that gives the feelings of peace to a patron’s decor is important. Trying to view artwork possible decor scenarios helps some patrons visualize a painting on a wall, giving scale and coloring ideas. I offer decor items like shower curtains, throw pillow, duvet covers, towels, shirts,beach bags with my artwork printed on them to spruce up your beach inspired home.
Check out
http://www.linda-olsen.pixels.com.

calm sea decor Curl at Sunset 30x40 curl beige walls Mermaid giclee 10x20 Octopus Copper 14x14 pillows with art Sanderlings Fireplace Sea Turtle Tutti 16x40 Sea Turtle tutti room Sea Turtles scurry 36x36x sea turtles teal wall Seaspray Gold 24x30 seaspray gold cream wall Serenity 36x36 serenity decor Shallow Water  60x48 x shallow water decor shower curtain small 5x5 paintings x Waves at Dusk 36x24 waves dusk decor

A Mermaid Painting with Pinks

"Lighthouse at Dusk" is 30x48" and acrylic, gouche, metallics , gesso on Canvas. I started with tinted pink/white gesso on white canvas. My drawing is with hard charcoal and acrylic paints. Many layers of tints and light layers of paint give a lumionus effect but what I found most interesting is that when placed in a room with incondescent lights, the entire painting appears warm and peachy. See last image which was shot under lights.
“Lighthouse at Dusk” is 30×48″ and acrylic, gouche, metallics , gesso on Canvas. I started with tinted pink/white gesso on white canvas. My drawing is with hard charcoal and acrylic paints. Many layers of tints and light layers of paint give a lumionus effect but what I found most interesting is that when placed in a room with incondescent lights, the entire painting appears warm and peachy. See last image which was shot under lights.

Lighthouse detail Lighthouse face Lighthouse incondescent

A mermaid painting with soft colors

Most of my mermaid artwork encompasses the blues of the ocean yet this one was painted  with the colors of a beautiful sunrise with pinks, purples and blues. "Sorbet" is 20x60 so is impressive on a wall. Also I tried some techniques that used more soft washes of colors painted in layers rather than heavy paint and brushstrokes.
Most of my mermaid artwork encompasses the blues of the ocean yet this one was painted with the colors of a beautiful sunrise with pinks, purples and blues. “Sorbet” is 20×60 so is impressive on a wall. Also I tried some techniques that used more soft washes of colors painted in layers rather than heavy paint and brushstrokes.

Sorbet face sorbet room

Finally finishing an older painting of mermaid

About 8 years ago, I sketched a live model at a University class I attended. It was painted in oils then sat for years half finished and unloved. Last week I covered it with clear gesso and then painted over it in acrylics. Since the oils were aged and the clear gesso completely dried, I was able to rework the painting. It is 18x36, thin gallery wrap. This ponytailed mermaid is sunning herself on the shore.
About 8 years ago, I sketched a live model at a University class I attended. It was painted in oils then sat for years half finished and unloved. Last week I covered it with clear gesso and then painted over it in acrylics. Since the oils were aged and the clear gesso completely dried, I was able to rework the painting. It is 18×36, thin gallery wrap. This ponytailed mermaid is sunning herself on the shore.

Mermaid Sunning on Shore 18x36