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A Little Bird Told Me (Self-Portrait with Celtic Hair) by Lynnette Shelley

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A Little Bird Told Me (Self-Portrait with Celtic Hair) by 

Ming Myaskovsky Fine Art Award
for Celtic Mythical
SoJie 5, July 2010

July 2010 Juried Invitational Exhibition

Drew this for a self-portrait contest. This is also my first ever self-portrait, beyond a couple of exercises in art classes when I was younger. I obviously took some liberties here ;)

I didn’t get some aspects of the portrait quite right (the nose and the chin are not quite right for example, and I have a much paler skin tone), but this is perhaps how I would look in another reality ;)

Mixed media on heavy textured purple watercolor paper (Canson). Original measures 19 × 12.5″

  • Featured on the Home Page. September 5th 2009.

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portrait, woman, bird, art nouveau, celtic, hair, face, figurative, animal, goddess

Having a great love animals, fairytales, and world mythology, Pennsylvania artist Lynnette Shelley fuses these influences into her strikingly unique illustrations. Her artwork strikes a primal chord in many viewers, with almost Jungian associations to the colors and shapes. Her artworks have been likened to images from an undiscovered ancient civilization or culture.

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  • Lynsye Medalia
    Lynsye Medaliaabout 5 years ago

    I really love the look and colors in this one! I think this may be my favorite of yours yet!

  • Thanks Lynsye. I am a bit bugged because the face is not quite right (for a self-portrait) BUT as a regular face I like it as it looks more “real” than some of my other faces.

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Robert David Gellion
    Robert David G...about 5 years ago

    Stunning.I love it . Whats the bird of paradise saying to you?

  • It’s saying, “Pssst. I think you need some conditioner to detangle your hair”. lol.

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Rhinovangogh
    Rhinovangoghabout 5 years ago

    OMG!!!! I love it! What a fabulously gorgeous composition!!!! This is so beautiful! You need to be famous;the sooner the better!!!! Your work is so individualized . Wow! This is my most favorite to date. The perfect combination of contrast between back and forground, color and light and just perfect design elegance. You so rock!!! AGAIN!

  • I am glad you like it Rhino. Now when are we going to see more stuff from YOU! :D

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • MoonSpiral
    MoonSpiralabout 5 years ago

    I definately see you in her. I never am happy with my self-portraits and have never posted any. I think this is beautiful Lynnette. You made yourself look like a wise and beautiful goddess, what’s wrong with that?

  • ha ha. thanks. I kept going back and forth because first I was trying to “fix” flaws and then I was like, no can’t do that, and went in the opposite direction and then I looked like a sea harpy. can’t win! lol.

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Ming  Myaskovsky
    Ming Myaskovskyabout 5 years ago

    My exotic Jungle Queen, this spelled MESMERIZING!
    I hoped I didn’t embarrassed you. ;D

  • lol

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Barbara Burkhardt
    Barbara Burkhardtabout 5 years ago

    very beautiful piece

  • Thank you Barbara

    – Lynnette Shelley

    BLYTHARTabout 5 years ago

    One for my Lynnette folder.

  • Thanks Dave

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • redladyart
    redladyartabout 5 years ago

    There’s something to be said about taking liberties when creating art. :) This is really nice work Lynette.

  • That’s the fun of art (taking liberties)! Thanks Sharon

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 5 years ago

    stunning work of art as is the rest of the work in your portfolio!

  • Thanks Linda!

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • madvlad
    madvladabout 5 years ago

    if not a mirror then a soul captured here lovely soul you have-arty to the core

  • Thanks Madvlad

    – Lynnette Shelley

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