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Dianne Bowell Art

No one could see her small face

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No one could see her small face




(After leaving the Prince on the beach) "Then the little mermaid swam further out behind some boulders that stuck up out of the water, placed sea-foam of her hair and breast so that no one could see her small face, and then she watched to see who came out to the poor prince.”
This is a quote from the original, and very dark tale of The Little Mermaid, by Hans Christian Anderson, this inspired the painting and the title of this piece.
This beautiful painting is 30cm x 25cm on canvas board. There are many, many layers of paint and ink and varnish, the texture is so luscious, with crackle effects and golds sitting in the layers pearly inks catch the light and the surface can almost look like water. The surface here becomes just as important as the image.

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.

My work is ephemeral feminine expressionism, I am a painter, I work with all paints and mark making mediums, inks to oils. Currently exploring themes of Folklore and mythology, and inner beings.