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25 × 19 inches, mixed media on Canson paper. Media includes watercolor pencil, liquid silver leaf, liquid copper leaf, gold paint, acrylics, oil pastels, colored pencils, metallic gel pen, and marker.

This is a stylized, art nouveau depiction of a humpback whale.

According to the AMERICAN CETACEAN SOCIETY : Because their feeding, mating, and calving grounds are close to shore and because they are slow swimmers, the humpback whales were an easy target for early whalers. The International Whaling Commission (IWC) gave them worldwide protection status in 1966, but there were large illegal kills by the Soviets until the 1970’s. It is believed they number about 30,000-40,000 at present, or about 30-35% of the original population.

Another interesting fact from the AMERICAN CETACEAN SOCIETY

cientists have discovered that humpback whales sing long, complex “songs”. Whales in the North American Atlantic population sing the same song, and all the whales in the North American Pacific population sing the same song. However, the songs of each of these populations and of those in other areas of the world are uniquely different. A typical song lasts from 10-20 minutes, is repeated continuously for hours at a time, and changes gradually from year to year. Singing whales are males, and the songs may be a part of mating behavior.

To view WIPs of this artwork, please check out my journal entry here.

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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  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainalmost 5 years ago

    Wow, so beautiful, gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Julie Everhart
    Julie Everhartalmost 5 years ago
  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 5 years ago

    well done!! liz

  • Poisonlolly
    Poisonlollyalmost 5 years ago

    excellent piece!

    BLYTHARTalmost 5 years ago

    Yet another good one from Lynnette.

  • Thanks dave

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • artsguy
    artsguyalmost 5 years ago

    Moving through oceans with grace…..very nice.

  • TeriLee
    TeriLeealmost 5 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous! :)

  • Maryann3
    Maryann3almost 5 years ago

    What a wonderful frescoe this would make!

  • I perosnally would love to see a mural or a mosaic made out of this… maybe someday! Thank you

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo
    Patricia Anne ...almost 5 years ago

    very very nice as always

  • leonie7
    leonie7almost 5 years ago

    stuning art work

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