Mysticeti Evolves

Mary Sprague's avatar Mary Sprague

What better subject to put on a large canvas than the Mysticeti (humpback whale), the suborder of the baleen whale? The whales are painted in unrealistic colors. I have always been intrigued with the idea of value instead of realism, trying to keep the object true to its shape, proportions and value. With every painting, I notice one section, a sweet spot, which to me is especially beautiful. It may be a specific color, the gradation of color or a brush stroke. The sweet spot might be the size of a golf ball or an entire background. I believe all paintings have this characteristic. For the Mysticeti Evolves, I challenged myself with two points: 1. To be a proper rendition of its size and shape and maintain the bulky yet graceful attributes of the whale. 2. More importantly, I tried to create the whales at a distance, to evolve into many sweet spots for the up close view, to be enjoyed by all, as I do. Many thanks to Deb Benson who allowed me to use her reference picture!

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Acrylic
  • Width: 66 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 52 inches