mermaid illustration on paper
mermaid illustration on paper

Perhaps I was lamenting the end of summer and fair weather when I came across my illustration of a mermaid.  It led me to other works on paper that reside pressed within the pages of a huge book sitting in my studio…

sea glass study
sea glass study

This sea glass study was made this past summer from my ongoing collection of sea glass that I’ve picked up along the shore.  I was practicing a glazing technique with watercolors and thought my little collected shards of color would be the perfect inspiration.

mermaid
mermaid

In the end both pieces led me here … to finish my painting “Mermaid”.  I wanted to incorporate the fun of my illustration and the colors of my collected sea glass. It’s a bit of an ode to summer’s end with my mermaid stopping to say farewell as she moves on to warmer waters.

*Dedicating this Mermaid painting to my web developer and workout buddy – because when you get to mermaid pose, you know you are pretty much done!

Mermaid: mixed media on canvas, 10×14 framed

Ellen McHale

I hope that my website feels like a thoughtful gesture; like a handwritten note, a shared recipe accompanied by a jar of something homemade or like a perfectly wrapped gift

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