Mermaid ~ Mixed Media
Mermaid in Mixed Media ~ Acrylics, Acrylic inks, watercolor inks, Art Papers, Vintage Papers, Encaustic Paints, and Beeswax on Canvas. 24 x 24 framed black wood.
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This beauty has a long history. She began as part of a prayer painting intention, “Water.”
As I was beginning with my intention, I felt the urge to lay my body along with my written intention upon the canvas and trace my figure as we do in Soul Art® with the Body Mapping stage. I worked with this painting for a few weeks in my usual slow and meditative way, listening for what the painting wanted to become. The mermaid figure emerged with my watercolor pencils, and I painted a watery blue background behind her.
Then she sat in my art studio for 11 months before I picked her up again and began adding wax to her undulating salmon body. I had carefully inked the tissue paper seaweed and selected the fine artisan paper that would become her hair 6 months prior, but still she sat waiting for me to fully understand who she would become. She sat all through my intuitive painting teacher training and for nearly three quarters a year beyond that as I hemmed and hawed about moving forward as a full time artist. Until I remembered and realized my original intention underneath all those layers of paint and wax. “I am an artist. I live the life of an artist. My life is art.”
It didn’t take long after that for all the rest to fall in place. Collaging and inking and painting. She is ready to swim out into the world. For she is living as her true self. A mermaid artisan under the sea.
She is full of textures smooth, waxy and slick, also delicate papery softness.
Mermaid in Mixed Media ~ Acrylics, Acrylic inks, watercolor inks, Art Papers, Vintage Papers, Encaustic Paints, and Beeswax on Canvas. With a final varnish finish and a black wood floating frame. 24 x 24