Arcimboldo Mermaid by strangeling
Probably my favourite mermaid so far! Also the largest and most complex I've painted so far too. The title is sort of an inside joke and refers to Giuseppe Arcimboldo - an Italian painter from about 500 years ago who painted a lot of "hidden picture" paintings. And obviously, there are a lot of hidden pictures in this painting - the mermaid's tail is made up completely out of sea creatures - sting rays, sand dollars, sharks, octopus, dolphins, abalone, seahorses, pearls, shells, oysters, lobsters, shrimps, eel, fish and loads more. The more you look at this the more you will see! I think this might have been the most fun I've ever had on a painting, and I plan on doing some similar hidden picture style pieces in the future. The original acrylic painting is SOLD, prints and Limited Edition canvases are available online (and large open edition canvases are also available at Downtown Disney's Pop Gallery at Walt Disney World).