Thursday 10 March 2011

New painting: Tylosaurus Reef

Tylosaurus Reef  - ©  Glendon Mellow 2011. Oil on canvas. 

Commissioned by R.V. for Craig Dylke of Art EvolvedWeapon of Mass Imagination and the force behind Traumador the Tyrannosaur.

Tylosaurus Reef - detail view. ©  Glendon Mellow 2011.

You can view and enlarge a higher-res version on Watch for prints soon in my online store - I'll announce those along with a 'Making Of' post in which I listened to a lot of music Craig would not approve of. :-)

'Making Of' up soon!

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Original artwork on The Flying Trilobite Copyright to Glendon Mellow


Marco Meredith said...

this is wonderful glen,theres so much going on but it all fits together perfectly. the eyes are especialy beautiful.

the colours are great, theres a real understanding of the colour palette used here. im interested in seeing how you went about this.

is it an oil?

Glendon Mellow said...

[*cough*"Glendon" please; never Glen*cough*]

It is an oil. Mainly flexible linseed.

Sharon said...

Oh, nice! I think your color choices really work well here! That bright, pure blue compliments the grayish and brownish neutrals beautifully. The figure/ground play keeps me interested - the blue comes forward to me, but the Tylosaurus is the focal point, which makes me keep jumping back and forth. The composition is great as well - my eyes move around and around with the implied motion of the fins (paddles? I don't know the technical term...) and tail. I also love the detail of the anemone in the foreground and the bubbles and light around the top of the piece.

What size is it?

Glendon Mellow said...

Thanks so much Sharon!

I tried to go for a straightforward 3 level of distance painting with the anemone as the entry point, and a light/dark on a left-to-right, top-to-bottom diagonal for moving the eye around more easily.

More technical stuff to come in the Making Of.

Oh, the overall size is 12"x24", one of my favourite sizes to work in. The Last Refuge, Life as a Trilobite, Life with Diatoms, Maj. Billy Barker & his Pterosaur Squadron and a bunch of others are that size.

Tommy Leung said...

Wow, this is beautiful! I seem to be getting some Bioshock-vibes off this painting - probably from the underwater theme and the bright colours. And there's so much personality behind those eyes too.

Glendon Mellow said...

Thanks Tommy!

I haven't played Bioshock yet, though many people have been recommending it to me. I really messed around with the eyes for a long time. I wanted them visible, but not too cartoony.

Sharon said...

Something about this piece made me wish it was much larger, like 5 ft tall, so when you walk into the room where it hangs it would just completely absorb you! I know that's not too practical though; I never have the space to work that big. The twice-as-tall vertical orientation is definitely appealing to me.

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