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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
This painting was started two months ago and went through several transitions. It is called “Pearl” and is 30×48″ gallery wrap.
“Mermaid Locks” is a new mermaid painting. 24×48″. I was started in early January and went through many transitions. I wanted to make her long hair stem from the seaweed. She looks a bit stoic about being tangled up.
Congratulations to Cathy and Vaughn for purchasing this 72×48″ mermaid painting. So happy!
Making a slideshow of my underwater and mermaid paintings help me to understand my own growth as an artist and see my own work in another format. DO this of your paintings?