Mermaids Cave #2 by JennyMac

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Some of you might remember the 1st version of Mermaids Cave and wonder why I would bother with a 2nd version.

Well, the reason was that it was to fill a space in our home which is quite dark and the 1st painting was really lost there. Also, although I loved the 1st version for a lot of reasons I wasn’t happy with a few of the design elements so I thought I’d try again.

So… I changed a few things in the composition and decided to do a ‘lighter/brighter version’ for the dark space on the wall!

However, things never go to plan and this work was no exception!! It kept moving in directions I hadn’t intended!!! In the end I stopped fighting and let it have it’s way…

When it was finished (although when is it ever finished in my critical mind…lol!) I didn’t think I liked it as much as the 1st version… but now I’ve lived with it for a week or 2 I think I like it just as much but for different reasons… it has it’s own qualities…

Anyway… see what you think… but believe me the next painting you see here will NOT be another version of this!!! : )


Today the newsletter for the group “Vibrations in Art and Verse – Vavoom” was delivered to my inbox. You could imagine my surprise when I discovered that not only was my painting “Mermaids Cave #2” featured but that I was a featured artist AND the very talented Lisa Jewell had written a poem inspired by my painting!!! WOW!!!

Lisa has very kindly allowed me to share her work here… Thanks Lisa… xx


Mermaids Cave #2

through the waves of
this day into the next
I stroke
a tail tone from
my blessed palette
a earth dwelling
to visit
each eve
at the coming of dusk
I will
leaving behind my palette
to float the ocean bed
longs to be held
by you
my earth lover


Featured in Sydney’s Guide to Exhibitions group
Featured in Vibration in Art and Verse group

Mermaids Cave… Blue Mountains NSW Australia
Oil on Canvas


  • Barssel
    Barsselabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful work Jenny……………love your use of the paint, there is a real verve here and your light is lovely.

  • Wow… thanks for the wonderful compliment Ade! Now to move on to some more figurative stuff…hehehe…!! : )

    – JennyMac

  • rosson1
    rosson1about 5 years ago

    As with all your artwork i get to see, this is superb. A fave for me JM:))

  • Aww shucks! Thank you Ralph… and thank you for the fav! : )

    – JennyMac

  • TextureoftheSin
    TextureoftheSinabout 5 years ago

    I love your light! This has a very spiritual feel to it

  • Thanks Tots! I’m really glad you can feel that spiritual feeling in this… for me Mermaids Cave certainly has that quality. I have spent a lot of time here over the years… : )

    – JennyMac

  • itsallgoodamanda
    itsallgoodamandaabout 5 years ago

    I think I like it better ,not that the first wasn’t good!,,I think its the moss in this or the tree root but it has more energy or light ,like the light has been let in from the canopy above ,cheers

  • Wow… thanks Amanda! I must have done something right! That’s kinda what I was hoping the effect would be… but sometimes you get too close to the work and wonder if it’s just me seeing it that way! Thanks for the fav too! : )

    – JennyMac

  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinabout 5 years ago

    Excellent work, perfect composition, superb job!

  • Thanks Denis… your comments and support are much appreciated : )

    – JennyMac

  • Tatiana R
    Tatiana Rabout 5 years ago

    Wow,this is excellent study of light, and you can paint those details in the shadows how you see it, something that is very hard to achieve in photography! Nice work! :-))

  • Thanks Tanya… That’s exactly what my Grandfather used to say!! Re: shadows… He also said that a painter can rearrange and eliminate elements in a composition which a photographer couldn’t do. I often think he would have loved Photoshop!! He was right into computers from the start and had been extremely experimental in the darkroom too… but he passed away just before photoshop really hit town… Anyway… I digress!! Thanks again… Jen : )

    – JennyMac

  • helmutk
    helmutkabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful work !

  • Thank you Helmut! : )

    – JennyMac

  • Marg Thomson Photography
    Marg Thomson P...about 5 years ago

    Deep… and very beautiful! xoxox

  • Wow… Thanks Anne… I’m so glad you like it! I’m a bit slower on the painting side of things… that’s why photography is so good… it’s quicker!!! LOL! : )

    – JennyMac

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks Scott! : )

    – JennyMac

  • rightasrain
    rightasrainabout 5 years ago

    Very beautiful! A fantasy world for sure!

  • Thank you rightasrain… it surely is a fantasy world… at least to me! : )

    – JennyMac

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