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The Escape by Lynnette Shelley

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Original sold 2011

Please visit www.lynnetteshelley.com to view more of my artwork and artwork sales.

You may also want to view The Chase , which is another artwork of mine on the same subject matter.

“The Escape”
Mixed Media on Paper
(liquid gold leaf, oil pastels, ink marker, colored pencils, gold paint pen on Canson paper).

As I really enjoyed working on the subject matter for my commissioned artwork The Chase , I decided to make a larger piece on the same theme.

For those who missed the background story on The Chase, here it is again:

This artwork is inspired by the old Irish tale of the daughter of the High King. She was a beautiful woman but of free spirit and no man could court her. Her father the King decided that at the next Beltaine, that the first man who could catch her (as she was well-known for being an excellent runner) would be her husband. The daughter went to a wise woman and asked for a potion to make her as fleet as a hare. However, the wise woman was either getting deaf in the ear, or was a trickster, for when the girl drank the potion before the race, she turned into a hare. She was then chased by her father’s greyhounds, and being terrified, she ran into the woods, where she was caught in a trap. A huntsman came to check his snares and instead of a meal, he found the princess. The King was true his word, and he married them; the huntsman being handsome, the princess found that being married to him was not so bad a thing.

In this new version I am trying to emphasize the sexual undertones to the original story, with the lily appearing to both symbolize innocence and chastity as per tradition, however, in other cultures the lily represents sexuality. Itook some liberties with the lily and made it a kind of stylized hybrid between a lily and an anthurium, which has a very interesting shape!

The vines in this image are also symbolic to the Celts and is a theme used in their artworks. The meaning is connection and eternity. Vines also often grow in a shape of a spiral, which, to the Celt represents growth, renewal, energy, life etc.

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dog, myth, whippet, greyhound, animal, rabbit, celtic, hare, nature, lynnette shelley

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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Comments

  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityalmost 4 years ago

    Absolutely stunning Lynnette- I especially love the linear treatment on the hare and the movement in this – Really special xx

  • thanks anita! means a lot!

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • izzybeth
    izzybethalmost 4 years ago

    love this and thank you for the lovely story

  • Thank you Izzybeth!

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • LJYOUNG
    LJYOUNGalmost 4 years ago

    Very beautiful artwork, I love it, and the story is very interesting and magical. I love your work!

  • thank you so much :)

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Valentina D
    Valentina Dalmost 4 years ago

    Absolutely exquisite and enchanting work

  • Thank you Valentina

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • umbra
    umbraalmost 4 years ago

    marvelous work….

  • thank you Erich!

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaalmost 4 years ago

  • Rhinovangogh
    Rhinovangoghalmost 4 years ago

    You are fucking genius. I can’t say more!!!!!!!

  • You da bomb yourself!

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 4 years ago

    thnis work is a wonderful one love the colours and the theme !LIz

  • thank you liz!

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Poisonlolly
    Poisonlollyalmost 4 years ago

    stunning piece!

  • thank you!

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • madvlad
    madvladalmost 4 years ago

    excape is good
    and this all the better
    nice one toooooo

  • Thank you :)

    – Lynnette Shelley

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