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: