Monday, May 01, 2006
























UNDER THE SEA

Try to hold fast to the living thing which
destroys as it goes, but remains sweet.
~St. Mawr

35 comments:

Lou said...

With the skulls, bones and sword, I would almost think that she was an evil mermaid. I love how you made her hair like mist. This whole piece is really good.

Rrramone said...

Great quote, and nice drawing!

Rikki said...

loverly artwork there :)
this is why you're no longer a fashion illustrator... you have to draw them with the clothes ON :)

TXArtcGal said...

Very nice job!...love the darkness of it...

carla said...

There is certainly a very eerie feeling here...she looks like she lures sailors to their death beneath the sea. I love the murky atmosphere with the drifting currents you've created.

Alina Chau said...

WOW!! Amazing and mysterious!! Love it!!

Dee said...

oooh, interestingly creepy! I love it.

Andrea said...

Nice one! Love the whispyness of the hair.

Brian the Mennonite said...

Sharks are frightening, but this seductive temptress is nothing to be trifled with.
I'm scared.

cream said...

Beautiful colours, L!
And very creepy too!

Holly said...

Wow! Outstanding work. Cheers!

The Unknown said...

Wowser! Love this illo.
love

albina said...

It is fantastic! Very atmospheric and moody and my next favorite after little children lost in the forest. There is a wonderful storyteller in you – it shines!

Lily evil twin in exile said...

Go see anony blog – she is up to no good…

ValGalArt said...

this is beautiful and amazing!!!

LDahl said...

Lou
She's not evil or good...she just is. But so are rattlesnakes.
:) Don't mess with them and for the most part they won't mess with you.

Thank you Rrramone, I think you must have gotten it.


Rikki
Also I live in the middle of red-neck country, so there isn't much work for a fashion illustrator here:)))

TXArtcGal, cool!!!

Carla
Ah... I think in this case it's the sailors that lure themselves, sometimes there is a big difference between fantasy and reality.
(Notice...we are talking about a mermaid here!!! hehehe!)


Thank you, thank you Alina Chau!!!

Glad you liked it Dee! Thanks for the comment:)

Big A
Lazy lazy me......hehehe! It was just plain quicker and easier to leave it all misty like. I wanted it to feel like a current was moving and I wanted to direct your eye back into the painting... so the hair did double duty.

Brian the Mennonite
Hehehe!!! Loved your comment!!!!!!!

cream
I have been on a creepy kick lately haven't I? Oh well, must go with the flow...creepy it is untill I feel all cutsie again(ick...hehehe)

Holly thank you!! I probably need to work on it some more, but that will be later.

The Unknown
LOVE your comment!
love


albina
I'm reading about Edward Gorey ... I really would like to do a graphic story.... thinking thinking think...o... that always gets me into trouble!!!:))) Thinking that is......

Lily evil twin in exile said...
Thanks for the heads up..... It's wonderful.....EVERYONE GO SEE WHAT ANONY HAS DONE...link on the side here if you need it:)
Look For:
Artwork Anonymous

ValGalArt....oh, thank you!!! It's just something I whipped up on a whim.

AndyDoodler said...

Wow- this has "depth". Beautiful textures and COLORS.
Thanks for sharing the quotes-- the Gris and Degas quotes help me too to not feel so bad.

Jaimie said...

Your painting is quite stunning. It's eerie, mysterious and just beautifully done. I wonder what medium you used.

Amy Zaleski said...

Lovely and mysterious!

Caroline said...

Reminds me of the story of the little mermaid - probably the scene where she is selling her voice to the witch...

Toni said...

You always have a bit of mystery in your work that makes you think. And then you have these great quotes.
Wonderful!

ps: I changed the name of my blog to A Spattering but the URL is the same

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

OOOooh, freaky! Very pretty and well-done. I collect skulls.

I love the colors here,a nd the details.

steve said...

wow--I missed this one--amazing work!!

Maitzu said...

Fantastic,skilled and a bit spooky works!
I like very!

Anonymous said...

Ooooooohhhhh ........

onclejohann said...

So compellingly eerie. How does one find one's way to this lovely place?

Issi said...

Hello :o) You have a beautiful paint, I love it, keep in touch, Issi

modroom said...

I like this mysterious pocket in the sea-scape.

Tony LaRocca said...

That's awesome. The mermaid must be a hell of a siren, to have collected all those skulls. What guys will do for girls, fishy or otherwise.

merlinprincesse said...

This mermaid is a little frightening! :)

vfm4 said...

i missed this one! it's a real beauty....

Tony Sarrecchia said...

Whoa. How did I miss this. Great job!

LDahl said...

Jaimie, wow, thank you for the comment!*happy smile*

Thank you Amy! I have to admit, I'm a comment hog... I love to hear from people...keeps me going:)))

Caroline, not exactly like the Disney version huh?

Toni, I changed your blog name tonight... I really love how it looks. How do you change the logo at the top of your blog? I've been wanting to do mine different. I just figured out how to put a link button on the side tonight:))) Yeah!!!

Taittems, glad you stopped by again:) I have a few too...but mostly pictures for reference.

Thanks Steve! It was fun, wish I had time to do a better job.

Maitzu, thank you, not all Mermaids are sweet little fishy things:)

Anonymous Ooooohhhhh back atcha!
...Hello dear Haunt!!! glad you drifted my way! Miss you, hope you return and drag that mangy cat with you...hehehe *Hork*
I love your video!!!!!!!

onclejohann you are just asking for trouble!!!!!:)))))

Hi Issi, thank you so much...of course I will, I do visit as many as I can, sometimes I don't have much time, but it is getting better:)

modroom, don't hang out there too long... or you might end up looking like The Unknown...all skull like and everything!

Tony LaRocca, you know, you are right... god love your gender:)))

merlinprincesse, just a little:) But you know... we don't really know how she came by her collection... maybe she found some in a sunken ship? HA!

vfm4, glad you visited again... it gets lonely in the "Lab" without you:)

Chuang Shyue Chou said...

I saw this one a while ago and I have been meaning to comment on it. Wow. This is breathtaking. The colours in the background gives a perception of depth. And the richness and mystery of the sea. The centre of attaction, the mermaid is perfectly placed. Great composition.

LDahl said...

Chuang Shyue Chou, thanks very much for the great comment!!! You picked up on the composition, which was the main point of what I was working on...I love to tackle really difficult compositions that are not the usual...but still making them work. I will probably work more on the details, but for now, I was happy with where it was at.