May 5, 2015

The sailor mermaid

The sailor mermaid (click on image for a larger view)
closeups (click on image for a larger view)

This week's Creative Tuesdays' theme is 'wet.'  I was going to draw something with umbrellas and rain but that didn't happen but this piece came about instead. She gets her legs wet and then becomes a mermaid and the bottles with various things is her way of sending gifts to creatures down below. At least, that's what I think.

30 comments:

  1. Liisa, I love where your mind goes. You create such magical art. Thank you for adding the close-up views as the details are beautiful. Outstanding job, again. :-)

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    1. the closeups is actually something I like doing as I think sometimes you cannot always see the details no matter how large the image is and people don't always click on the image for the larger view even if it says to do so.

      thanks for stopping by. hope your day is sweet and lovely.

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    2. Ha, I ALWAYS do. In fact, for this piece, I actually saved the image to my computer as even with my browser window full size, when I right clicked and viewed image info I found that it was still sizing it down from the original. So, opening it in Photoshop allowed me to see all your glorious detail at full size, even enlarging it a bit further to see how detailed your tree was in the bottle, for example, was.

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  2. This is so beautiful! I love the idea of the bottles!
    Have a lovely day!

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    1. the bottles were a last minute additions as I didn't even think about them until after I have almost finish the drawing.

      thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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  3. So very lovely. I like the concept a lot. She is part of two worlds and you don't immediately think she
    is a mermaid.

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    1. now that I look at it again, I think I should have make the water darker, at least in the tail area to make it less obvious.

      thank you for stopping. have a lovely day.

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    2. OOh, I love Niina's comment here. Well noted.

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  4. Well a mermaid would certainly be wet, wouldn't she. Very sweet painting. I wonder what all her books are about. Undersea creatures, perhaps?

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    1. probably books on world travel or anything to do with human or like you said, sea creatures. who knows? it's good books no matter the subject.

      thanks for visiting. hope you have a lovely day.

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  5. Lisa,
    What an imagination! Just love this sweet picture.
    Blessings,
    Janis

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    1. thanks for your kind words. hope you have a lovely day.

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  6. this is so charming :-)

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    1. thanks for your visit. have a lovely day.

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  7. Lisa, you and Donna surely take the biscuit for the most imaginative piece all round. I LOVE where your mind goes too, as Tracy duly noted above. It is such a wonderful interpretation and have been staring at it now for quite a long time, this being my second look from earlier today.

    Yes, your last minute bottles are truly a wonderful addition--so full of creative stories just waiting to be told. Like, "why a shoe? Where did that small tree come from? Is it real? What does that scroll say? And so on. Love thinking about all the possibilities here.

    As for the girl, she is so pretty -- one of your best. Love that crazy long red hair too and love how the very clam sea is yet turning her into a mermaid yet above the water she is relaxed, composed, lost in her dream world of books under that lulling pink sky. Maybe she is imaging the scene beneath the boat, reading "Moby Dick" or something? I suspect you'd say, you don't know--tit's open to your own interpretation. I love that too. Very French Existentialist like w/o being one of those annoying movies w/o end.

    Well done, Lissa. Your commitment really pays off. Thank you for doing this for ALL of us to enjoy here. It really is astounding the time and details put in here. Such a lovely scene too. The books are so you as well.

    Oh, and finally, I did have to laugh at what you wrote as, yes, I was sure you'd do one of your girls with an umbrella but you showed a whole different angle on "Wet"!

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    1. I like to fill spaces so sometimes I would add things on a whim but the bottles are definitely a good idea. but it still looks kind of empty to me. I sometimes do go back and work on older pieces perhaps I'll add a whale or something else.

      thanks for your kind words. hope you have a lovely day.

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    2. Well, if you do add something else, please let us all know that with link to new piece and a link to old one so we can see the difference and vote! :)

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  8. WOW, Lissa - THAT is really a great piece of ART... I love it. Thank you ever so much for visiting my blog too. Thank you so much for sharing :D
    Kind regards
    Mariane

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    1. thank you for your generous words. hope you have a lovely day.

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  9. Stunning! Your paints look so soft and smooth and I love the colors you are using!

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    1. I like to say yes and thanks but I did not use real paint, real pencil sure, but no paint was involved in creating this piece. it's almost all digitally done except for the drawing part.

      thanks for your visit. have a lovely day.

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  10. Lissa, another exquisite painting. Each time I see one of your drawings the colours never fail to amaze me with their luminosity. Gorgeous!

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    1. you are too kind with your compliments but it's so nice hear anyway. thank you.

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  11. such a lovely piece Lissa.
    i love how her feet became a mermaids tail in touching the water .
    and the bottles.... so creative. beautiful dreamy.

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    1. maybe you didn't notice, I actually make it so that the before blending into a tail, it looks like her toes.

      thanks for your visit, have a lovely day.

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    2. OOh, I hadn't noticed that either. How utterly brilliant! you should have def called that out in the first place. So clever and well executed.

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  12. I love these so much!

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    1. glad you like it. thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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  13. Super cool! I love how she looks like a girl sitting and relaxing, and then is secretly a mermaid. It totally does look like her tail and toes blend :-D Lovely colors, and she is a beauty. Great illustration (-:

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    1. that toes idea is only came when I started to make the tail pattern, it was draw first and then decide sort of thing.

      thanks for your visit, have a great day.

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