Sea Maiden Oysters is a fantasy piece featuring a mermaid. Once in a while I like to do something besides cats, though I did put a kitty in this one. Apparently the kitty wants some of the oyster that the mermaid is about to eat. I don’t know if cats would like oysters or not, but it adds a bit of fun to the piece.
I wanted to do something a little less literal with this one, so I posed the mermaid on a giant shell. So it would be soft for her, I put a round mattress and pillow inside. It’s an oyster bed, of course.
On one trip to the coast I photographed some cliffs. Since I needed reference material, I used those images for this piece. The cliffs aren’t exactly like the ones in my photos, but I like the look. Those images were good reference material for the water, too.
I’m calling this version of Sea Maiden Oysters the art edition. Why? Because I have an idea to maybe do something else with this same image in the future.
On occasion I’ll fall victim to a happy accident in my art. For example, in this piece when I started working on the sky I thought I didn’t have enough blue pencils. I had a lot of turquoise and aquamarine, so I used those instead. Later, I found a whole bag of unused pencils in the closet. Sure enough, there were plenty of blue ones in there. I like the way it turned out, though.
The colors are just different enough from reality to reinforce the idea that this is a fantasy piece (as if the mermaid wasn’t enough of a clue).
This is the first colored pencil piece I’ve done in a while. It’s larger than any I’ve done before. The original is on an 18×24 piece of paper. Despite that, I got through it relatively quickly (for me).
I like it. I plan to do more like this in the future.
The original drawing is done in Prismacolor colored pencils on 2-ply Bristol vellum.
The print comes mounted in a 16″ x 20″ archival mat with backing board. I mat all my prints to standard frame sizes for ease of framing.
I cut my own mats. The mat colors may vary depending on what I have in stock but I always pick something that compliments the artwork. If you place an order and would like a specific mat color, send me a note and I will try to accommodate you. For Sea Maiden Oysters I usually use a double mat in blues, greens, or grays. Sometimes I use the same color for both the inner and outer mats. This creates a different but equally appealing look. The print itself is about 11″ x 14″, which leaves an approximate 2.5″ border on the sides and 3″ on the top and bottom.
A clear plastic archival bag guards against moisture and minor scratches. I recommend leaving the print inside the bag until it is transferred to a frame.
Note: The URL and copyright watermark are not part of the image.