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Guadalupe Mermaid

in Art, Mermaids

guadalupe mermaid face

I had hoped to have this new piece of artwork done in time for the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe last Friday, December 12th, but I didn’t quite make it. But she’s done now, and I hope you are happy to see her!

I love Guadalupe, and I love mermaids, and at some point I was seized with the idea of putting the two together.  There’s more than a bit of inspiration here from Kim Antieau’s novel Church of the Old Mermaids, in which the ancient mermaids find themselves living in the New Desert when the Old Sea dried up.  There’s also something here to do with how much I have been captured by the imagery of the Southwest during the last couple of years, but how I am still a Northwest woman at heart.

I did this piece just for me, just for fun, and to try out new art techniques. This is a mixed media piece on 16”x20” canvas, with acrylic paints, rice paper, tissue paper, walnut ink, and colored pencil. The original is extremely textural and tactile. I love it!

I decided to put this image up on my Fine Art American pages, where it can be ordered in many different sizes, on canvas, paper, or even metal. If you’re interested, check it out here.

Here are a few close-up glimpses of the image:

guadalupe face guadalupe spiral guadalupe cloak

Thoughtful, sparkling comments. . .

  • Nancy Ewing Tue - Dec 16th 2014 7:03 am

    Oh, Joanna, this is beautiful. I love the textured background and how you were able to get so much detail into to foreground. And the deep kindness of her face.

    • Joanna Powell Colbert Tue - Dec 16th 2014 7:22 am

      Oh thank you Nancy! So happy you like her!

  • MaryKate Meyer Tue - Dec 16th 2014 7:47 am


    I love her. In the New Year, I am going to get a print of her framed for my bedroom. <3 She is just stunning.


    • Joanna Powell Colbert Tue - Dec 16th 2014 8:06 am

      Aw thank you MaryKate!

  • latisha Tue - Dec 16th 2014 7:53 am

    Oh my gosh. I love her so much. Just a beautiful juxtaposition.

    • Joanna Powell Colbert Tue - Dec 16th 2014 8:07 am

      So happy you love her, Latisha!

  • Katie Tyler Tue - Dec 16th 2014 7:55 am

    Joanna, she’s absolutely gorgeous–I love the warm, loving expression on her face. Fabulous job!

    • Joanna Powell Colbert Tue - Dec 16th 2014 8:07 am

      Thank you Katie!

  • judy Tue - Dec 16th 2014 9:52 am

    Joanna, in my humble fellow-artist’s opinion… this is the best you’ve done. It feels like you’re letting your wild and true self free to paint with you! No wonder you’re excited about it.

    • Joanna Powell Colbert Wed - Dec 17th 2014 8:12 am

      I love hearing that, Judy. Thank you!

  • Rhianne Newlahnd Tue - Dec 16th 2014 9:55 am

    Seeing as how I was born December 12 and have lived in the southwest for 27 years, I so relate to this glorious rendition of my patron saint!
    lovely as always, you have the touch of the magi!
    love, Rhianne

    • Joanna Powell Colbert Wed - Dec 17th 2014 8:12 am

      Thank you Rhianne!

  • Nadya Tue - Dec 16th 2014 10:28 am

    She is stunning, Joanna! I am in the midst of painting our LâDÿ of miracles and illumination from Shiloh.Sophia’s livestream …. love your use of rice paper and mixed media!
    The book sounds good

    • Joanna Powell Colbert Wed - Dec 17th 2014 8:13 am

      Thank you Nadya! I think you would love Kim’s book.

  • Carol Tue - Dec 16th 2014 4:24 pm

    Beautiful!!! I agree—–I’m going to have to have a canvas print of this–a birthday (December 13th) and solstice present to myself.

    • Joanna Powell Colbert Wed - Dec 17th 2014 8:12 am

      So glad to hear this, Carol!

  • Sanshin Thu - Dec 18th 2014 4:55 pm

    Star Bright Blessings Joanna, Truly majickal…love it, her energies has really touched me quiet deeply.

  • Rita Sun - Dec 21st 2014 3:30 am

    Joanna for me this is the most beautiful piece you’ve show us! Gorgeous!

  • Nea Wiseman Sun - Dec 21st 2014 6:43 am

    First, I would like to thank you for your sweet expression of gratitude for one you have never met. It touched me as I am sure it did others.It was a true gift this morning when I read it.
    Your painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe is beautiful. There is truly a feeling of her being underwater, the light dancing with the currents. Her smile, seems to me is somewhat playful, her eyes wise. She is an inspiration and an invitation to the mysteries, come play with me, she says, where light dances with shadow in the feminine depths.

  • Charyn Sun - Dec 21st 2014 11:31 am

    Oh good Goddess she is absofreakin’ gorgeous! I just love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love,LOVE your art work!