I had this idea in my head of painting a mermaid interacting with a sea turtle. After numerous sketches, I came up with this idea. This siren is in the shallow waters near a reef so there are fish and seaweeds. when I was younger, I did quite a bit of diving with a snorkel and also dive tank and gear. I had to pull my memories of how the highlights hit the water and make patterns on the sea floor and everything else. Since this scene was totally made up, I also had to figure out how the light would hit certain parts of the mermaids body and how the shadows played with the highlights. I wanted to keep it my expressionistic/impressionistic stylings so didn’t try for realism. For instance the little fish are made from three quick brushstrokes.
The objective is to distill more emotion with luminous colorings and the sweep of the brushstrokes showing movement of the water. The seaweed fanning with the currents and bubbles floating up along with her hair give the feeling of being underwater.
“Silent Conversation” is 48′ tall and 36″ wide.
Her face took the most time, She took on many faces until she finally appeared.
“Sea Turtle and Red Coral” was started a month ago and I shared my progress with my students. Even when I wasn’t in class, I took cell photos and emailed the progress to the class with what was done during that particular session. It went through a lot of changes and I still wanted to keep is more abstract and fun with bright colors and a happy expression. This painting is 36×18″ and is available for sale. I am having a summer sale on my paintings so inquire if interested.
“Sea Turtles in the Current” is 36×36″ highly texture, palette knife painting that I started several years ago. 2018 arrived and I was determined to finish it. Working this abstractly really forces me to apply paint in a very concise way. Metallic golds peek out from the heavy paint strokes
Some of the areas in the painting have gold metallic touches and plaster dimensional knife strokes.
“Coral Reef Turtle” is a large 36×48″ gallery wrap, painted in acrylics. It is for sale but I am enjoying it on my dining room wall for a while. It makes me feel like I am diving in the West Indies.
“Baby Sea Turtle in Shallows” is 24×36″ gallery wrap. I had been working on this for a week and then saw the fabulous film “Loving Vincent”, an animated movie about Vincent Van Gogh’s life. The brush strokes and colors were so inspirational that I do believe that there is a Van Gogh influence. Impressionistic with many layers of color.