12.000 x 18.000 inches
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Beverley Harper Tinsley
Painting - Watercolor And Graphite
A lovely, mermaid in shades of blue, violet and radiant orchid lounges on a bright starfish, gesturing with her hand, but what is she signaling, and to whom?
As an artist I long to depict not only what is real, but also that which is possible. I have always been fascinated, by fairy tales and myths, and the magickal realm they portray, the sense of mystery and wonder they evoke. What's more, humans know so very little about what lurks beneath the water surrounding us, and possibly even less about what lurks beneath the obvious world of our consciousness.
The mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the upper body of a woman and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, and Asia. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria, in which the goddess Atargatis transforms herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover. Mermaids are sometimes depicted as perilous creatures associated with floods, storms, shipwrecks, and drowning. In other folk traditions (or sometimes within the same tradition) they can be benevolent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans.
Mermaids are associated with the Sirens of Greek mythology and with the Sirenia, a biological order which comprises dugongs and manatees. Historical sightings by sailors may have been the result of misunderstood encounters with these aquatic mammals. Christopher Columbus reported seeing mermaids while exploring the Caribbean, and sightings have been reported in the 20th and 21st centuries in Canada, Israel, and Zimbabwe. The US National Ocean Service stated in 2012 that no evidence of mermaids has ever been found.
Mermaids have been a popular subject of art and literature in recent centuries. Danish author Hans Christian Andersen wrote his popular fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" in 1836. They have subsequently been depicted in opera, paintings, books, films, and comics.
To quote http://www.whats-your-sign.com/mermaid-meaning-and-symbolism.html
Mermaid meaning and symbolism is forever linked with water. As water is a symbol of intuition, emotion, the subconscious and deeply primitive realms of mental perception - so too is the mermaid symbolic of these instinctive aspects of perception too.
Along with unrivaled beauty, myth depicts mermaids with heart-stoppingly luscious , alluring voices.
They are matrons of enchantment, entreating sailors with beguiling beauty, grace and mesmerizing melodies. Seductive and charming, all those in contact with mermaids are subject to their persuasion.
A quick-list of mermaid meaning and symbolism includes (but is not limited to):
Beauty, Elusive, Mystery, Allure, Private, Persuasion, Sensuality, Love, Femininity, Perception, Emotion , Untamed
I like to think this is symbolic of letting our hearts and our passion overrule the analytical mind. Sometimes the stuff we are attracted to doesn't have to make sense - and it's ok to be captured by odd, otherworldly music. Especially these days when conformity, conservatism and over-thinking can be utterly soul-numbing. Perk your ears. Let the mermaids woo you into churning seas of dreams, you just might like it.
Naturally, mermaid meaning and symbolism also deals with love as they are frequently associated with love goddesses like Aphrodite/Venus. They are also affiliated with sea goddesses like Amphitrites, Tethys, Calypso and the Norse sea goddess, Ran. Mermaids are also aligned with Undines, those pervasive spirits of all waters in the world.
Sexually tantalizing and devastatingly lovely, mermaids are perfect pinups for feminine (yin) power. This is quite nice, as mermaids also represent wild freedom, rebellious spirits and ferocious independence (they can never be contained and frequently avoid settling).
Mermaids are often depicted holding combs (made of fish bones) - this is an ancient nautical symbol of power over nature as sailors believed fish bones could divine or control storms at sea. They are also shown holding mirrors in art - a symbol of the moon which speaks of a reflective nature (maybe symbolic of self-admiration too).
Far from vain, mermaids are elusive and rarely seen - this could be taken for modesty - but I like to think their scarcity is due to shrewd discernment. They know the hearts of man, and are legendary for only appearing to the true of heart.
When they are seen, it is in the light of the moon (which they hold sacred) or between the hours of dawn and dusk. These are magical times - when sight and perception becomes fuzzied in mellow whirlpools dawn/dusk glows. This is symbolic of perfect timing to create magic in our lives - by relaxing our vision and letting go of our grip a bit - we come up to show ourselves drenched in the glow of truly magical color.
This original painting is available as professionally matted and framed.
This original painting is available as matted and framed. It will be on display at The Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place, Downtown Denver. The opening reception is Friday, February 1st, 2013 from 6-8 pm, on the 2nd and 4th floors. All are welcome!
December 10th, 2012
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