Gallery of Mermaids

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Enduringly popular in the lore of our culture—and in the auction listings of eBay, as well—Mermaids are a recurring fantasy subject in my artwork.  Maybe I just can’t resist drawing the drifting hair-do’s.

Don’t forget to look for the hidden Mousie!

My Mousie

'Darla' by mousewords Title: “Darla”
Medium: Colored Pencil on Vellum Bristol paper
Size: ACEO, 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in.
Status: Sold This one began as a curvy line on the paper, left over from another drawing. That line became her drifting hair, and the rest developed from there. She was drawn entirely with colored pencil.
'Anemone' by mousewords Title: “Anemone”
Medium: Ink and Colored Pencil on smooth Bristol paper
Size: ACEO, 2 1/2
in. x 3 1/2 in.Status: SoldThis piece came about as a result of me trying to keep up with the Joneses. The eBay art community is a vivid, lively group of talented people. The great artwork of others challenges me to do better with my own. Seeing some of the incredible colored pencil work out there, I knuckled down and did the best I could for this one. Turned out well…but the Joneses are still improving…and I do love a challenge! :):)
'Mermaid and Tractor' by mousewords
Title: “Mermaid and Tractor”
Medium: Ink and Colored Pencil on smooth Bristol paper
Size: ACEO, 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in.
Status: SoldDon’t ask.Okay, you can ask.

Someone in the eBay ACEO Enthusiasts’ group said, “So, mousewords, can we expect to see a mermaid on a tractor from you?” And I said, “I’m on it.”

Long story.

'Ocean Blue' by mousewords Title: “Ocean Blue”
Medium: Colored Pencil on Vellum Bristol paper
Size: ACEO, 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in.Status: Sold
I absolutely love drawing monochromatic works. Crazy. This is a monochromatic work in five colors: Three blues, white, and a cream-tinted “colorless” blender pencil. It was inspired by guitar music, and just seemed to flow.
'The Waltz' by mousewords Title: “The Waltz”
Medium: Colored Pencil on smooth Bristol paper
Size: ACEO, 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in.Status: Sold
Another monochromatic work, and among my favorites. This was drawn in subtle hues with metallic colored pencil, and just turned out really well. At least I thought so. Well, it tanked, three times, in my auctions. Finally, on April Fool’s Day, I turned the listing picture upside-down.
It sold.
'Stargazing' by mousewords
Title: “Stargazing”
Medium: Mixed media on smooth Bristol paper
Size: ACEO, 3 1/2 in. x 2 1/2 in.
Status: SoldOne of my first mermaids in my eBay career, this was drawn with colored pencil and ink. The deep, velvet black of the sky and waves was achieved using gouache, which is an opaque watercolor paint. Silver acrylic paint for the stars made this one really sparkle.
'Current' by mousewords Title: “Current”
Medium: Colored Pencil and ink on smooth Bristol paper
Size: ACEO, 2 1/2
in. x 3 1/2 in.Status: Sold
Another of my first mermaids, this is one of my favorites to date.

Artist’s side note: Perhaps you’ve noticed that the first three examples are more vivid in color than these last three. That’s because my earlier work tends toward subtlety–while my recent work acknowledges the fact that a punch of color really does look much better online, regardless of how good the subtle ones are in person. :):) Ah, well…

'The Diving Bell' by mousewords Title: “The Diving Bell”
Medium: Ink and watercolor on Vellum Bristol paper
Size: ACEO, 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in.Status: Sold
This one was fun—it came about because I had a new blue ink pen, and couldn’t resist drawing something with it. Researching diving bells gave me the heebie-jeebies, but helped to make for an accurate drawing. The three mermaids reminded me of Nancy, Bess, and “George,” the three teen girl detectives in the Nancy Drew mystery series—which I love—so I painted their hair colors accordingly. They are, after all, investigating the mystery of humankind.
'The Landfarer' by mousewords Title: “The Landfarer”
Medium: Watercolor and ink on Vellum Bristol paper
Size: OSWOA, 4 in. x 6 in.Status: Sold
I truly enjoyed painting this one—the colors, the hummingbirds, and the flowers were all so much fun to do. I spent a lot of time researching the native birds and flora of a specific island in the Caribbean, so that this piece would be accurate. That just goes to show that my left brain and right brain have to arm-wrestle each other sometimes when I work on fantasy art. Don’t get me started on the characteristics of mermaid anatomy.
'Awestruck' by mousewords Title: “Awestruck”
Medium: Artist’s markers on Vellum Bristol paper
Size: OSWOA, 4 in. x 6 in.Status: Sold
Sometimes, I can let the colors rip. :):)

 

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Published on June 28, 2007 at 11:08 pm  Comments (12)  

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  1. This is my first post
    just saying HI

  2. Hi!

  3. hello
    woow,
    I love the drawings!
    I draw to.
    but I draw fairies.
    I use pencil & somtimes ink
    I love ‘Awestruck’ best
    good job
    xx

  4. Thank you, Holly! Have fun drawing!

  5. WOW i wish i could draw that good!!!
    My specialty is drawing landscapes but
    i can’t draw faries and people and mermaids for
    that matter!! I love seeing this kind of thing!
    Good Work guys!!!❤ love ya!!

  6. Wow, thank you, Amy! I love landscapes, have fun drawing them!

  7. Mermaid and Tactor…classic haha

  8. What a lovely gallery of mermaids and mermen! Splendid! I am fully enjoying your blog this morning!

    Best,
    Cherie

  9. i do love mermaid, i wish i knew how to draw… so amazing artist…

  10. That is so sweet, thank you!

  11. I have a school painting auction coming up for a fundraiser towards RSPCA.
    Would it be possible to copy one of your drawings please, I understand if I cannot but can you please email me to tell me.
    i wanted to ask aswell because they will be sold to buyers and it states at top ” please do not reproduce without permission”
    I would just love to represent your art. x
    Thanks x

  12. see you later suck ups and saddos


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