I never thought I would do jellyfish art, coastal art yes maybe but not jellyfish art. As a kid I would hang out at the water a lot. Mostly the beach and rocky shores. I would ride my bike down to these spots after school or on the weekends. I wasn't sure why, but I often felt more at home in between. Not the land or the water, but the shore, that was my spot. One thing I wasn't a fan of was jellyfish. I would be happy hanging out on the shore and a jellyfish would swim by and ruin my day by stinging the heck out of me.
Jellyfish Paintings and Jellyfish Art
Lately I've seen a lot of jellyfish paintings and various jellyfish art. I never really thought about them much as an art subject. All I remember is the little critters stinging the heck out of me. I thought others would have the same feeling as I did. I was wrong, there has been a surge of jellyfish paintings and jellyfish art. It has become the fad for coastal artists to paint them. Seeing these jellyfish paintings I understand how they can have this otherworldly beauty. I never really noticed before. Heck, I spent most of my time trying to avoid them and not looking at there beauty.
Buck the Trends
I usually don't paint what is trendy or popular. If I did I'd probably be crazy rich right now. I didn't want to paint something that has been done before. Something that I couldn't put my unique perspective on. That brings us here to the blue jellyfish.
The Blue Jellyfish Painting
I decided I wanted to go dark. The painting would be a rich dark blue with a rich gradient from black to dark blue. My jellyfish would be unique, almost ghost like. With a glowing white glow the jellyfish would fill the canvas with wonder. I did not pick a specific species of jellyfish when creating this painting. I wanted the ethereal qualities to stand out. I wanted it to have a shape, but yet no shape. I wanted it to be solid, but at the same time not solid.