Tears and Moonlight – New Art from Selina

After playing with different mediums for a while, I decided to go back to an old favourite for this painting- watercolour.

And old favourite subjects as well, a fairy and a dragon.

As with my Moonboat artwork, I wanted to incorporate some words into this image. The subtle text around the moon says “A spell of tears and moonlight to heal the ruins of our world.”

For me, this is an artwork about loss, and also about hope. But for me, it’s not about what I think of the artwork. What story does this artwork tell you?

The original painting of Tears and Moonlight is available now, or you can also get it as a beautiful, deckled edge, Limited Edition print (only 10!).

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Many, Many, Mermaid Sketches

I think I’m having Sketch Fest withdrawals. I missed the last couple of Sketch Fests, and now Ellen Million, the host of the awesome event, is off on maternity leave.

So I had my own private Sketch Fest today. I needed to get my arty mojo going again (I’ve been switched over to writing mind instead of drawing mind), and get some mermaidy inspiration going. So… I sketched a bunch of mermaids.

Selina Fenech Mermaid Art Sketches
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They range in complexity (I didn’t stick to the normal 1 hour Sketch Fest time limit, although I doubt many went over time) and success, and I probably won’t turn all of them into finished work. But it felt great getting my sketch on. I feel like I’m starting to get the hang of mermaids tails, which are something I struggle with, getting the curves and angles right. I don’t like mermaid tails that look like they have knees, but it’s easy to make mermaid tails look stumpy if they curve wrong.

I’ve neglected mermaids for too long. I’m planning to do a lot of mermaid paintings this year!

Update!


And I sure did paint a lot of mermaids that year! You can see all the new mermaid artwork in my Mermaid Art Collection book, and Oracle of the Mermaids card deck, now available!

Book - An Art Collection by Selina Fenech - Fairy Visions  Deck - Oracle of the Mermaids by Selina Fenech

Selina in the Spotlight

I often do interviews and guest blogs around the net, and decided I should start keeping a library of these posts.

I’m starting with just a couple of recent ones, but if you find any of my old interviews around the place, send me in the link and I’ll add it to the list!

Over time, I’m hoping to get a good, comprehensive directory of my interviews, guest blogs and reviews here.

Art Interviews/Posts

Ask the Unusual, Interview with Selina Fenech – On art and inspiration

Peaceful Art Interviews Selina Fenech

Confessions of a Cover Artist- on art, writing, and when I might be taking commissions again.

Writing Interviews

Selina and Caddy Rowland talk about books, babies and birds

Selina Fenech Interview, Author of Memory’s Wake, Illustrated YA Fantasy- Focusing specifically on illustrated book questions

Jennifer Snider, YA Book Blogger Interview – General interview about my book Memory’s Wake

The Fairytale Nerd interviews Selina – Some really fun personal questions and insight into Memory’s Wake

Guest Blogs

Book or Baby First? – I write about goals and projects leading up to my first baby.

Indie Author Rockstar Guest Blog- Focusing on character motivation in writing

Selina’s Early Art

History of Art

“This is a history of my art, with some of my earliest (surviving!) artworks from when I was a young child.
I’m always saying that I’ve been drawing since I could hold a crayon, and here are some drawings to prove it!
I hope you find these interesting in showing the development of drawing through the years. I hope to inspire young artists in being able to compare what they are creating at similar ages to the artworks below.” Selina


This is my oldest surviving artwork, because it was my Mums favourite! It’s a portrait of my first cat Mejsha, sitting on an armchair. I drew this when I was about 2 or 3 years old.


This is one of my earliest figure drawings! I drew this in preschool, around 3-4 years old. We always drew on scrap paper from offices, you can see the text showing through the drawing in the scan. While this is a messy little picture, it’s pretty advanced for that age! See the articulated limbs, neck, clothing and almond shaped eyes? I’m so proud of this one!


I was very proud of this when I drew it! Even though I never DID get her face right (hence there not being one!). She is mother nature. I was never raised to any kind of religion, but for some reason, goddess images started coming out in my drawings from a very early age! I had this photocopied to colour in because I didn’t want to ruin the original… but then I lost the original anyway! I drew this in primary school at about age 11. This was when I began using references for my artwork, looking at myself in the mirror for figure poses, and photos of animals from books for all the different animals.


My first elf/dryad. I started drawing a lot of fantasy characters and beings in early high school. This was when I was 14.


Aah, and my first group portrait! I started roleplaying, playing dungeons and dragons mostly, and I just loved the idea of adventuring! Not so much the monster hacking and loot getting (but that’s fun too!) but just the travelling and being in a group of adventurers and good friends. This is an artwork to try and show that! I was about 15 when I drew this, and I tried, rather unsuccessfully, to make this a night scene, but I’m still proud I drew SO many people on one page!

These three artworks show a progression of my work. I kept going back and redrawing this artwork over the years (a moon goddess, of course!). From the left to right, the first I drew when I was 11, the second when I was 16 and the third when I was 17. The relatively large jump in development from 16-17 was when I started self teaching and practicing my art more through my interest in comic book illustration.

I’m probably just being too nostalgic, but I hope you’re enjoyed this little excursion into the past as much as I have!