"None was as full of longing as the youngest one, the very princess who had the longest time to wait and who was so quiet and thoughtful. Many a night she would stand at the open window and gaze up through the dark-blue water, where the fishes swished their fins and tails. She could see the moon and the stars, their gleam was admittedly somewhat pale, but through the water they looked much larger than they do to our eyes; if what looked like a black cloud passed beneath them, she knew that it was either a whale swimming above her, or possibly a ship with many people on board; they certainly didn’t think there might be a lovely little mermaid standing below them stretching her white hands up towards the keel..." -The Little Mermaid, by Hans Christian Anderson.
The piece was created as part of the Den Lille Harfrue Collection – the little mermaid. Created in lockdown to express my feelings about the restrictions, being unable to have social contact and also experiencing incredibly vivid and at some times quite scary dreams, a lot based underwater.
This uplifting, vivid painting is 50x50cm painted on deep edge gallery wrapped canvas, the painting is worked up in layers of inks, water colours, acrylic and varnish, using pearly pigments bright silvers and golds. There is incredible texture created with these techniques, the painting is full durable and ready to hang. The texture is tactile, with crackle effects and smooth finishes, you want to run your hands and your eyes over it! In the layers pearly inks catch the light and the surface can almost look like water
Not only did I draw on my own vivid dreams as inspiration for this piece, and this whole collection, I also looked at one of my favourite Fairy Tales as a Child- The Little Mermaid, by Hans Christian Anderson, its original title in Danish “Den Lille Harfrue”. The tale, far from the Disney version is a violent and very tragic tale of the Mermaid who gave up everything for a pair of horrifically painful legs, only to find her love unrequited.
Watch a video of the surface of this piece; (27) "Longing for" painting part of the Little Mermaid collection - YouTube
This piece comes to you ready to hang, signed on the front, named and dated on the back, as always this piece comes with a certificate of authenticity and a hand written, wax sealed parchment letter.