Killin’ Time (Part 4)

It was only in the last year or so that I really got into mermaids.  I have always loved the ocean, and for years I collected dolphin figurines and sculptures.  That was my passion for the longest time, until I realized I had collected just about every dolphin trinket made in China and my curio cabinet was smack full of dust catchers.

In the last few years I have become great friends with a gal named Lindsey.  We met through the jewelry business I used to own, and we have remained friends since.  We both love the beach and water so much that we call each other “Salty Sis(ter).”  She loves mermaids and I kind of picked up on that, I suppose.

Anyway, here is a painting I just did of another mermaid.

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A friend requested a mermaid painting for one of the bedrooms in one of her beach houses.  I drew this one freehand and it’s an original design.   Her earrings are three-dimensional pearls, and the scales on her tail are painted with several colors of iridescent paint for a shimmery effect.

Killin’ Time (Part 3)

Well, since dating hasn’t been something to spend time on, and since my promotion at work went through (Yay, me!), I have been relaxing in my ample spare time with some paintings and art.  Here is another piece that I did in my first ever mixed media art class.

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I have tried and tried to get this picture to rotate one turn to the left so you can see it as its meant to be seen. I cant seem to get it done!!!!

I decided to sign up for an art class at Emerge Gallery in Greenville, NC.  My teacher, Gail, was just amazing.  She let us work on individual projects that interested us.  Our first real exercise in painting was to find a painting or picture we liked and “copy” it.  I found something on the internet like this, and set out to make a painting of it.  Mine looks very little like the original, but I did have fun painting her!  It’s all acrylic paint, with real starfish in the corners for a 3-d accent.

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I’m signing up for the class again next week!  Looking forward to making more art with Gail!

Killin’ Time: My Mermaid Obsession (Part 2)

Here is another piece of deep sea art using chipboard products from Creative Embellishments.  I am entering this piece into the Creative Embellishments February challenge, which was to get inspiration from this photo:
il_fullxfull-344959819I am inspired by the fact that I LOVE mermaids.  The “twist” for the challenge is “white space.”  Under the sea, there is no white space!  But, I did manage to incorporate some white in there with the seashells.

Here’s my second entry for the challenge:

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This is my original creation using Creative Embellishments’ Mermaids, Seahorses, Seashells, Seagrass, and Seaweeds.  This is created on a 12×12″ canvas that was first textured with modeling paste and then a layer of cheesecloth was added to the lower half.

The background is colored with inks from Shimmerz (Heidi Ho Blue, and Jeni B Bleu) and highlighted with Pebeo High Viscosity Studio Acrylics in Iridescent Blue Green and Green Blue.

The chipboard nets in the corners were sprayed with Shimmerz ink (Don’t Be Suede), then highlighted with  Pebeo High Viscosity Studio Acrylics in Iridescent Copper.  The other chipboard pieces were primed with a layer of white gesso, then painted with various colors of Pebeo High Viscosity Studio Acrylics (iridescent colors)

The chipboard seashells were painted antique white, then spritzed with Don’t Be Suede, then dry brushed again with antique white.

Finally, little pearls, rhinestones, dried starfish and real seashells were glued on with acrylic gel medium.

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Killin’ Time: My Mermaid Obsession (Part 1)

I thought today I would show you one of the ways I’ve been killin’ time.  I’ve been making some mermaid and deep sea art using chipboard products from Creative Embellishments.  I am entering this piece into the Creative Embellishments February challenge.

The challenge was to get inspiration from this photo:
il_fullxfull-344959819I am inspired by the fact that I LOVE mermaids, and, by the steampunk vibe of this photograph.  The “twist” for the challenge is “white space.”  Under the sea, there is no white space!  Here’s my entry for the challenge:

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This is my original creation using Creative Embellishments’ Steampunk Mermaid and several of their chipboard gears in assorted sizes.  This is created on a 6×6″ canvas that was first textured with modeling paste and then a layer of cheesecloth was added to the lower half.

The background is colored with inks from Shimmerz (Heidi Ho Blue, Oh Say Can You Sea, Jeni B Bleu) and then heavily highlighted around the edges with Clearsnap Fluid Chalk ink in Chestnut Roan.

The chipboard gears and mermaid have a textured layer of gesso as a basecoat, then they were painted black, and then layers of Pebeo High Viscosity Studio Acrylics in Iridescent Blue Black, Iridescent Copper, and Iridescent Green Blue were applied.

Finally, I have a big stash of old watch parts and I applied a few of those as accents in and around the gears.

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Painting a Mermaid

Sometimes I enjoy making mixed media art. It’s a hobby of mine.  I’m not very good at it, but I enjoy it just the same.  I recently finished a painting of a mermaid that took me months to complete. I started out with good intentions, then got distracted with other things and finally got back to it over Christmas break.  Here’s a gallery of the various stages it went through: