Lusus Naturae - Loch Ness Monster by Lynnette Shelley

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Just finished this last night.

Lusus Naturae (Loch Ness Monster)

22 × 30 inches
Ink, Red Wine, Oil Pastels on Fabriano watercolor paper

My version of the Loch Ness monster is a sort of mix between a kelpie and a plesiosaurus, two of the creatures often associated with the Nessie folklore.

From Wikipedia
According to the Swedish naturalist and author Bengt Sjögren (1980), the present day belief in lake-monsters is associated with the legends of kelpies. Sjögren claims that the accounts of lake-monsters have changed during history. Older reports often talk about horse-like appearances, but more modern reports often have more reptile and dinosaur-like-appearances, and Sjögren concludes that the legends of kelpies evolved into the present day legends of lake-monsters where the monsters changed the appearance since the discovery of dinosaurs and giant aquatic reptiles from the horse-like water-kelpie to a dinosaur-like reptile, often a plesiosaur.

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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  • Rhinovangogh
    Rhinovangoghalmost 3 years ago

    Wow! Great job! Happy New Year!!!

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 3 years ago

    This is magnificent Lynnette. Gorgeous work of art.

  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilkaalmost 3 years ago

    I’ve been waiting to see the finished version of this one. Looks fantastic! I love to think that “Nessie” is out there somewhere.

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelalmost 3 years ago

    Nice work!

  • MoonSpiral
    MoonSpiralalmost 3 years ago

    I love the blues and greens in this and the eye. Fantastic work Lynnette.

  • Veronica Schultz
    Veronica Schultzalmost 3 years ago

    Yay! It’s Nessie!!!!! I love Nessie! Beautiful work :)

  • Lauren Eldridge-Murray
    Lauren Eldridg...almost 3 years ago

    Wow – stunning!! Love the colours and textures

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Tayloralmost 3 years ago

    oo love this Lynnette! :)

  • buckb
    buckbalmost 3 years ago

    This is awesome! Great work!

  • JulieKing
    JulieKingalmost 3 years ago

    It’s beautiful! :)

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