Fantasy oil painting “Cyber jellyfish”

Initial thought

I found out a city street night scene photo while exploring online reference photo website (picture shown as below). I like the color combination and the mood. However I am not that interested in cityscape or buildings. They have way too many straight lines. So I am looking for some other subjects that would fit with this future cyber feeling neon color palette. And guess what I pick up?

Yes, jellyfish it is. 😀

Reference photo

A little knowledge about jellyfish

Here I only talk about one special species, Turritopsis nutricula. They are also called “immortal jellyfish”. This type of jellyfish lives forever via rejuvenate every single cell of its body. Same DNA, nothing changed but whole set of younger cells. And they can repeat this cycle again and again unless they are eaten by predators. Yes, being immortal doesn’t mean they are bullet proof.

Turritopsis nutricula is small.

Turritopsis nutricula’s life cycle.

Final painting idea

So, consider immortal jellyfish’s special power, it is easy to think they belong to some long lost alien species that once ruled this planet. They fit the science fiction background with a neon color cyber feeling palette. I put a circle of semitransparent touch screens around one jellyfish. Apparently, the little jellyfish with its super brain would control all these screens simultaneously. As to the screen, I thought about molecular formula or binary translation. But eventually I decide to use matrix with dots, like GO game. The orange red dot represents error message. And the glowing bluish teal dot represents one jellyfish just like the major one in the painting. Together they form a powerful colony. o( ̄▽ ̄)d

PS: Do people want immortal or invincible?

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.