“SECRET GARDEN UNDER THE SEA” is 36×48″ thick gallery wrap mermaid painting. I had a vision/dream of the actual scene several weeks ago, and stewed about it for days before doing sketches and starting. Then the real work begins trying to realize the original inspiration. As I painted, new ideas arrived like adding the seahorse and more fish. This mermaid is enjoying the beauty and fish as she rests in a seaweed garden. The rays of sun above the ocean stream down on her, highlighting her hair and sandy bottom…
After a month of many hours of painting, “Sea Jewels” is complete. It is a heavy gallery wrap that is 36×48″ and displays the fantasy of a coral reef and all the brilliant colors within. This is actually a darker painting but with touches of brilliance.
“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.