“Lailani” is 24×48″ gallery wrap acrylic painting that I just completed. My intent to have a darker complexion worked well with starting out with raw umber gesso and working from dark to light. Prints are available soon as is the original. Overall this mermaid is a darker painting than my usually mermaid fantasy paintings and I thought that she dwells deeper in the ocean where it would be darker. She is holding her long hair as fish swim all around her. Hope you enjoy the progression shots.
This 40×30 painting in Acrylic started as a daytime scene from inspiration of local marsh. I am enjoying a more painterly, expressionistic styling and using more energetic brushstrokes.
“Bella Donna” is 72×48 and in three thick gallery wrap canvases. It was sold yesterday to Cathy Andorfer for her home in Jacksonville Beach. Prints and canvas giclees are available.
“Coral Reef Rhapsody” is 72 x 48″ and in three panels. As I have been painting this for several months on and off, a rather rhymic flow of the water and seaweeds appeared. When I am painting an underwater scene, it is a tedious process and even though I have a sketch that I drew first on paper, as I paint on the canvas, the little surprises occur along with the creative process. It appears to me that the coral and fish are swimming and flowing to music.
Sometimes when paintings have been in galleries or at shows, small nicks appear on edges of canvas so I took the opportunity to freshen up. I added a bit more eye shadow on the mermaid called “All Dressed Up” 24×24 gallery wrap and darkened edges and re varnished. On the marsh scene ” River Reflections” 20×20, I toned down the browns and added burnt sienna and some birds in the sky were added. Small tweaks are good! Both are available for sale.
“Bella Donna” is three panels of 24×48″ gallery wrap canvases that would hang an inch from each other and cover 75×48″ space. I wanted to portray an underwater siren with the lighting I have seen while diving. The reflection on the bottom of the sandy bottom reflect up onto the mermaid and sea creatures. I started with black canvases and painted the ocean water with teal and blue sheer metallic paints so its quite a dark painting…just like it would be under the sea.
Ana from California fell in love with one of my mermaid paintings but the original had been sold. She also wanted to have me add sea glass and shells to the canvas. I had a printer print the canvas and back it with a hardboard. This way I could glue the glass and shells on it without them coming off later. Then I prepared some thick epoxy resin to coat the entire surface which also acted as a bounding agent for the 3 dimensional objects. Its quite a process to work with epoxy. You have to raise the painting off a surface to catch the dripping epoxy and be able to scrape the edges. A heat gun is also necessary to remove bubbles after pouring the prepared epoxy. It took two more days to set up and harden but looks gorgeous! Very shiney!