A wild girl from the sea painted on old deck board

"She came from the ocean, this wild girl from the sea, her hair flowing southwards, she walked towards me."  The Mermaid by Michael Faudet.

painted mermaid on reclaimed wood (cedar deck board)

painted mermaid on reclaimed wood

"Wild girl from the sea".  Acrylic on reclaimed cedar deck board.  Approx 6 X 26.  Twine handle. Seahorses were stamped on.  Sea shells from various parts of the world are attached to the board.

This mermaid has discovered a pure white shell at the bottom of the sea...

There is no shortage of seashells in my art room.  Many holidays that I have taken, whether to the Jersey Shore, to the Caribbean, or to Europe, have been opportunities to search for shells of all sizes and colours.  In an earlier post, I wrote about one of my favourite books, and posted lovely shells that I had found on the Jersey Shore.   Seeking a gift from the sea

Most recently, during our trip to Torremolinos, Spain, the beach was chock-full of some of the most beautiful shells I have ever seen.  I wasn't the only tourist bringing souvenirs from the beach back home.

But I digress only to emphasize that I have always loved sea shells and collect them.

This is not the first mermaid I have painted.  In March I painted a mermaid on foam board for a prop in a dance show.  On occasion, I painted mermaids in journals while others were painted on a canvas, here This mermaid sings a melancholy song for her lost love.

Although I am at a loss to explain the reason for this seeming fascination with mermaids, they have unwittingly figured quite often in my art over the last two years.

And since the mermaid in this post came about quite easily on that piece of reclaimed deck board, I might just paint more of them before the end of summer.

 

painted mermaid in journal

2 thoughts on “A wild girl from the sea painted on old deck board

  1. Love it Louise, and it certainly looks great hanging on your pool fence. Like you I have collected shells from all over and the best place was in Western Australia at a place called 80 Mile Beach, I was busily fossicking whilst Les was fishing, I missed him catching the biggest Threadfin Salmon, 1 metre long. I still have the shells but the fish is long gone, and tasty it was too.

    1. That must have really been something! You should paint your shells Sally. They would go well with the bird you painted walking on the shore…I can’t remember the title of it.

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