The Oracle by Lynnette Shelley

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Another in my new “mini” series.

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6 × 9″
black and gold ink, tea, gouache on cold-press Strathmore watercolor paper

In many mythologies, birds were seen as omens and messengers of the gods.

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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  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaover 4 years ago

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  • Edmond J. ["Skip"] O'Neill
    Edmond J. ["Sk...over 4 years ago

    This work evokes the masterful animated film “Secret of Kells” (Academy Award, Best Film animation 2010, I believe). The style is very similar in some respects. If you haven’t viewed this film you might want to.

  • You’re the third person to tell me to go watch that film. I have it saved on Netflix. I guess I better watch it! Anyway, I’ve seen the real book of kells, and have some reproductions of it. It’s what inspired me when I was a teenager to start exploring celtic art.

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Esperanza Gallego
    Esperanza Gallegoover 4 years ago

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 4 years ago

    Magical. Gorgeous creation. Very elegant.

  • thanks bunny

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Edmond J. ["Skip"] O'Neill
    Edmond J. ["Sk...over 4 years ago

    You mentioned you saw the real Book of Kells. So, did I in Ireland several times at TCD library where it has been permanently housed for decades. Of course, this was before your time. But, the B of K. was actually on tour in the US around 1977-78. I saw it again at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, on the US tour. BTW, on your web page you show Ambler. I’m in Hatfield, PA. Being in Ambler, I guess you’ve been to The Shenachie. If not, check it out.

  • HI Edmond
    Yes, my mom is from Ireland (Dublin) so I’ve been there many times to visit relatives. I did not know the BofK went on tour. I would have been too little to appreciate it at the time though. I know where Hatfield is, not too far. I’ve only been in Ambler three months now but I have been to the Shanachie. I’m only a block away from there.

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Marilia Martin
    Marilia Martinover 4 years ago

    Beautiful!!! It’s on watercolour paper?

  • thanks. yes, 140 pound cold press Strathmore “windpower” watercolor paper

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Ellen Keagy
    Ellen Keagyover 4 years ago

    This reminds me of a woodcut, very nicely done, Lynette

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work, I love the focus on just one bird and the intricate detail within the shapes. Also the monochromatic scheme in this is great, and the dots in the light field being more subdued really works…carries the pattern but does not overwhelm. Expert handling of all the elements, it really is superb!

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