Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Creatures of Fey



 Hoped to do a Little more this week but time has been short so here is my newest journal page. I find I am often drawn to painting and drawing mermaids. I found a gorgeous poem called  'I am a creature of the fey' (an old term for the Faerie world) by Heather Alexander  
Its first line reads,' I am a creature of the fey, prepare to give your soul away,' wonderfully spooky!
Up to now I have only painted friendly mermaids, perhaps It is time to give my next one a bit of menace.
As I mentioned in my earlier post on Sunday I have been looking  for inspiration from the mermaids of  Teesha Moore  


 It is a year since I did my last big mermaid canvas. I have started another but it is going to take a little time to finish so  just a journal page for now.

Last year I was commissioned to complete a large mermaid canvas.
I was asked to incorporate two mermaids and a cat! So my mermaids are diving down to look at the cat who is protected by a bubble of air. I didn't want him to be harmed!!  ( I am a huge friend of furry felines) It was strange, and frankly rather disturbing to put a cat at the bottom of the sea and at first I wasn't at all sure, but the lady I made it for seemed very happy. In the end I rather liked the cat in the bubble!

                                                      

This is a little WIP shot, sorry for fuzzy photo, I didn't seem to take any good photographs of my two mermaids!
WIP

And finally my little Summer mermaid



 She hangs in my bathroom. Cerulean blue is one of my favourite colours and the Aqua shimmers in the sun.
It has a very textured surface with embroidery and pearls,beads and shells around the collage.






The shells were fixed and set in Polyfilla, which is a product normally used to fill holes in walls.  It seemed to work fine and I varnished it. It seems to have stood up to a year in my bathroom so I guess the plaster is watertight!

                                                       
Links to the The Artists Playroom
 and Paint party Friday 
and Artists in Blogland

36 comments:

  1. lovely mermaids and fairy! I love how the fairy's crown in jauntily crooked. The poem that inspired you is fantastic! A long way from Tinkerbelle, huh? ;) Love it!! No wonder her crown is askew!!

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  2. Increased the size of the newest mermaid and enjoyed checking out your sketches throughout the piece. :)

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  3. wouaww...like your mermaids...color and lines are so vibrant...cerulean blue is also my fav color...

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    1. Thank you! It is a beautiful colour, it makes me happy. :)

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  4. Absolutely lovely!!!!!!!!!

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  5. Gosh you make so much effort in your art! They look gorgeous!

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  6. Your mermaids are so beautiful! They remind me of a lovely fairytale from Hans Christian Anderson called "The little mermaid". Since I knew it I was fascinated of the mysterious underwater world and the mystical creatures living there. Your pictures represent this place perfectly!

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  7. Your mermaids are so beautiful! They remind me of a lovely fairytale from Hans Christian Anderson called "The little mermaid". Since I knew it I was fascinated of the mysterious underwater world and the mystical creatures living there. Your pictures represent this place perfectly!

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  8. Loving your gorgeous mermaids, they all have such beautiful movement. Enjoy the weekend, hugs Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. Really love your mermaids - I've done a few myself, there's just something that draws me to them as well. I love all the color and movement and texture in your journal page.

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  10. I have been dreaming of mermaids for my art as of late and you have inspired me to no end- very beautiful and enchanted works.

    Lori

    Foxglove Hollow

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  11. It's fascinating to hear what people are drawn to...and by the look of these gorgeous creatures Mermaids are definitely your thing. The colours and flow thought all of the paintings are brilliant.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful work :D

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  12. I did like seeing that detailed edge of the canvas... it looks amazing... and I do like the not so happy mermaid very much... you have a great style...xx

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  13. How lovely they all are. And what a lovely part of the world you live in- not like grimy old London. Happy PPF.

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  14. Love your journalpage, And the mermaid paintings are beautiful with all the texture. what a great idea to put those shells in a frame around her. wonderful!

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  15. Fantastic mermaids. Love the framing with the shells. So much texture and richness to your paintings. Lovely. Happy PPF

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  16. really gorgeous mermaid art -wow- so many wonderful details!! Happy PPF!

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  17. Mermaids seem to be the theme these daze... :) i just did a mini class with jane davenport and she is hugely into mermaids....
    I'm so glad to see you created a bubble for the poor wee feline... (i have 4 myself)...love all the mixed media in your paintings...

    blessings,
    Cynthia♥

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    1. Thank you Cynthia, I too have seen Jane Davenports work, its fabulous, I bet the mini class was great fun!

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  18. love your last mermaid piece...so overflown of life...wonderful all the little sparkles and shells...and then the first mermaid of the fey...I love the vibrant dark colors in this piece and her crown looks so precious ♥ Conny
    http://piaromsartjournaling.blogspot.de

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  19. Great mermaids!
    Love all the rhythm and movement in these, and all the details, too!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  20. Oh I do so love your mermaids and the texture is simply glorious, very inspiring.

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  21. Hi There!

    I found your blog thru Corrines blog and i just had to tell you how much i LOVE your mermaids! AND the cat in the bubble..how fascinating! I hope you'll pop over and say hi! Hugs! deb

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  22. Loving your mermaids:-) Thanks for following my blog:-)

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  23. Such magic and beauty here! I love all your mermaid pieces, there is life and texture and that cat turned out so well in its protective bubble under the sea. I love them all so much and such a beautiful frame of shells too, all this makes me feel the sea and all its deep mystic powers, all so great, many thanks for sharing! xx

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  24. You know I love your work and the texture here is just wonderful. Very exciting piece for your bathroom. Beautiful rich colors too!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  25. love this and just generally love all your BEautimous work. you are so generous in sharing your thoughts and process. I find that is one of the reasons I keep participating in APR and other adventures is how much I learn from others' work and works in progress.
    we're always BEing inspired by Life and the people, places, and things in and of Life. thank you for reminding of this today...
    xoxo

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  26. Your mermaids are lovely - the texture in your pieces is amazing!

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  27. Such beautiful mermaid mixed media paintings! I love them all. The cat in a bubble is my favourite:)

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  28. The mermaids are so beautiful..love the blue one and also the cat in the bubble!

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  29. Your mermaids are beautiful and so perfect in Colors. The first one with the crown is my favorite! Your WIP is also in this mood. Perfect move :)
    Happy Weekend!
    Erika

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  30. your art and ideas are just gorgeous and so much inspiring. I love colours which you choose and compositions in your art. it is always pleasure to see it. Have a lovely and creative week.

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  31. Love your mermaid and fairy, so beautiful! HPPF!

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  32. Este tema de las sirenas es muy onirico! me encanta!

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  33. All your mermaids are gorgeous! So many techniques and ideas. And the spooky poem, thanks for the link! I had to check and read it right away.

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  34. Wow..such amazing energy and spirit living inside of your paintings..gorgeous colors..sparkling feelings..so magical!
    Victoria

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