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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Space Mermaids (Updated)

I drew this little sketch years ago. It was an image from a dream that I can't find in my journal now for the life of me (which implies that it may pre-date the journal, in which case this may be over 8 years old.) The dream went something like this...
I was in a room--like a kids' classroom or a small building at camp. "Space Mermaids" was one of the posters on the wall. I was there in a business meeting with others, as I recall. They worked for a phone company (AT&T, I think.) No one would let me speak & when I finally did anyway, they dismissed my comments & laughed in my face. In the end I freaked on them, yelling, "F**k you! I'll use Sprint!" That seemed to shut them up & I stormed out.
At any rate, the idea's been in my head since then. I was intrigued at the image of mermaids swimming in space, which combines two of my interests; mythology/fantasy & astronomy. Unfortunately, to get the figure 8 effect of the design, I need a tall, skinny canvas, which I don't have at present. Still I figured I'd do a study of it, to see if it would make a viable painting. Here's the result. The light in the lower right hand corner is a reflection of sunlight from the photo process--apologies. I would change a few things, but I'm not unhappy with it.

"Space Mermaids"
11x14" acrylic on canvasboard
(Updates: Nov. 30, 2009; SOLD. June 2009; Click here for a larger, more recent & detailed version.)

37 comments:

Rob said...

Very nice, Lana.

Tabib said...

Beautiful piece of art.
I love this!

Charles Gramlich said...

Very beautiful. And I got to see it while it was being created. Great to have a ringside seat for that.

K. Fields said...

I Love the sketch of the mermaids, they look so real even in pencil.. or is that ink...
Anyways! You are such a wonderful artist! And you have to have a great imagination to be able to draw space mermaids and they turn out that beautiful! Amazing!
~K

Erik Donald France said...

Awesome!

This would be cool as a gigantic mural, too.

Marvin said...

As dream creatures, space mermaids are a lot better than anything conjured up by my psyche. Cool painting, Lana.

Barrie said...

Wow!

Barrie said...

You lived in Toronto for a year?? cool.

virtual voyage said...

Dreamy... Lana, I just strayed at random across this blog while I was browsing, and wondered if you might be interested. Noticed the mermaid in the sidebar...

http://charleyana.wordpress.com/2008/10/26/banksy-and-the-grey-ghost/

roadgurl5 said...

That's beautiful Lana...reminds me of Disney artwork a little. Beautiful colors!

Lana Gramlich said...

rob & tabib; Thank you. :)

charles; You're too sweet. :)

k; Thank you so kindly. The sketch is in pencil, fyi.

erik; Thanks! I've done murals before, actually. Not sure I've got it in me anymore (which explains why I've put off painting a mural on our shed for 2 whole years now. *L*)

marvin; Thanks. I also had a dream in which the clouds in the sky were shaped like swans on a lake...I may do that someday, as well.

barrie; Thanks. Yes, I lived primarily in the Niagara Region when I was up there, but I did spend a year in Toronto. Unfortunately I was in denial about being a total country girl at the time & by the time I moved back to Niagara again I was a virtual disaster. Lesson learned. For me, Toronto's a great place...to visit.

Lana Gramlich said...

julie; Thanks for the suggestion! Ironic that the post is about New Orleans & that the start of the URL is "charleyana" (kind of like "Charles + Lana," y'know?)

roadgurl5; Thanks! I've always loved bright colors, myself. :)

photonz said...

Lana,

This is really a wonderful piece, just a great feeling of fantasy and color.

Travis said...

I love it. This makes my list of top pieces I've seen from you.

Lana Gramlich said...

paul & travis; Thanks! :) I'm glad you like it.

Punam said...

They're beautiful, Lana

Lana Gramlich said...

punam; Thank you kindly. :)

JR's Thumbprints said...

Very good use of space with the swim-flying mermaids complementing the crescent moon.

Lana Gramlich said...

jr; Thanks. I'm hoping to come across a more narrow & tall canvas at some point. I like the long look of the original sketch.

Steve Malley said...

Your studies are more polished than my finished work!

Can't wait to see the final!

Lana Gramlich said...

steve; Thanks! Hopefully I can find a suitable canvas.

Natural said...

Lana, I'm so impressed with your paintings, this is beautiful. Have you ever recorded your paintings in the making, sorta like a bob ross kind of thing....i think that's the guys name. soothing voice. afro. he's deceased, right?

Lana Gramlich said...

nw; Thanks. No, I've never recorded an "in the works" kind of video (a la Bob Ross, & yes, he's deceased, sadly.) I don't think my videos would be half as informative as his were, to be honest.

letspaintnature.com said...

Great work Lana! I love the light in the water/space...you can see the movement! Neat! You always come up with the most creative subjects.

Lana Gramlich said...

chris; Thanks. Just one of the many benefits of dream recall, I s'pose. ;)

Doson said...

This is beautiful....

Lana Gramlich said...

doson; Thanks! I appreciate it. :)

laughingwolf said...

that works perfectly, lana :D

imagine the final will be spectacular

Lana Gramlich said...

laughingwolf; Thank you. :)

Michelle's Spell said...

These are really beautiful images -- love the idea! I wish I could remember more of my dreams. Got to start writing them down.

Lana Gramlich said...

michelle; Thanks. Yes, writing dreams down (& just generally being in the habit of that,) is a good idea.

YogaforCynics said...

Sure this was the kinda dream you have when yer asleep and not the kind you have...y'know...with early Floyd playing in the background?

Lana Gramlich said...

jay; *LOL* Now that you mention, maybe I'm not so sure after all. ;)

Michelle (artscapes) said...

Lana! The painting is beautiful!!! The figure eight could be a symbol for 'infinity' - your infinite imagination (appropriately in space) and the limits of those in that room....

Get yourself a 12x24 or better still and 18x36 for this one. That is a pretty common pre-stretched size and would be perfect.....

Lana Gramlich said...

michelle; Thanks! I'll have to go see what I can get at the local stores. Sometimes I can find odd sized stretched canvases at the 2nd hand store super cheap. I just gesso over them & start from scratch. ;)

timethief said...

I love these, love these, love these. Did I say that I love them? lol :P

Lana Gramlich said...

TT; Thanks. :) Glad you love them!

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