The Sun Wheel by Lynnette Shelley

Dorina Costras Fine Art Awards
Excellence in Symbolism
SoJie 10, April 2011


25 × 19″
Mixed Media on Canson Paper (gouache, oil pastels, colored pencils, liquid gold leaf, gold paint pen, ink marker).

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This new piece represents life / energy/ creativity. The sun wheel is an ancient symbol with Indo-European roots, and represents the sun. The sun represents life to many cultures and with the birds and the wasps both flying/solar animals (as well as representing the euphemism “the birds and the bees” for procreation), this artwork represents creation and life energy.

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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  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 4 years ago

  • paulbeattie
    paulbeattieover 4 years ago

    Here it is Stunning piece of artwork. I absolutely love this work

  • thanks Paul

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Rhinovangogh
    Rhinovangoghover 4 years ago

    Gloriously unique and refreshingly stylized. Do you have a Shelly? I want one! Me too! And me!!!

  • hee hee. thanks Jerry

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Trystan  Mitchell
    Trystan Mitchellover 4 years ago

    Stunning! Such a buzz…….

  • Thanks Trystan :)

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • SnakeArtist
    SnakeArtistover 4 years ago

    I like this one a lot. I didn’t see the birds at first. I was looking at the wasps for a while and the birds seemed to just appear and suprised me.

  • That happened to somebody else. surprise attack by birds! Cool! Glad you like

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • fesseldreg
    fesseldregover 4 years ago

    Such a clever design and altogether marvellous!

  • thank you!

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous and fun design. I had to go back and look at the birds too. I missed them since the wasps got me first.

  • leunig
    leunigover 4 years ago

    well done nice work

  • madvlad
    madvladover 4 years ago

    wow- tons of work here and/as always perfect as can be

  • rasim1
    rasim1over 4 years ago

    Beautiful !!

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