Mythical Flying Trilobite Fossil II by Glendon Mellow

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Mythical Flying Trilobite Fossil II by 

Oil on shale.

This painting is currently featured on my blog, The Flying Trilobite as the banner for 2008.

Trilobites have fascinated me since I was a child. During my university years, they began creeping into my artwork again, occasionally with bat, dragonfly or butterfly wings.

One of the things about artmaking that compels me, is that as human beings we have a tremendous capacity for imagining things that never were, and may never be. This is a beautiful gift (so long as we don’t confuse imagination with reality!), and digging deep into Earth’s prehistoric past fires up my imagination…

…And out come trilobites with faulty anatomy.

One last note: painting on shale is not fit for expensive brushes. You can see more paintings on shale at The Flying Trilobite .

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  • Dayonda
    Dayondaabout 6 years ago

    I love the little guys too. Somewhere in Nevada in a green shale bed my ex showed me, there were millions of the horshoe-shaped ones. My ex had a really cute one with little eyeballs, even.
    He didn’t consider him to be Community Property- lol! One day I’ll find one like his. I hope!
    It’s an excellent painting!!

  • Thanks, Dayonda!

    There’s something so appealing and collectible about the little critters. Green shale. I’d like to see that.

    – Glendon Mellow

  • ellamental
    ellamentalalmost 6 years ago
    Really lovely!!
  • Thanks ellamental!

    Shale is murder on synthetic brushes though!

    – Glendon Mellow

  • aRae
    aRaeover 5 years ago

    beautifull work..

  • Glendon Mellow
    Glendon Mellowover 5 years ago

    Thanks aRae!

    I’m working on another one, should be ready in the next couple of weeks.

  • Brandon S.
    Brandon S.almost 4 years ago

    Very cool work!

  • Thanks very much Brandon! This one is oil on shale roofing tile, lighting in Photoshop.

    – Glendon Mellow

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelabout 3 years ago

    Very well done, intriguing work!

  • Thanks so much Cindy!

    – Glendon Mellow

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