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painting of a blue whale, peinture d'une baleine bleue

Gwenn Seemel
Big mama (Blue whale)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

When I look at this piece, I see how far I’ve come in terms of working with a limited palette. In the past, I did it to help myself focus or because the painting required it, but here I was doing it much more naturally. For more about the making of Big mama, check out this article. Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image—the book can be read and purchased here.

And the biggest animal in the world is a girl.

Though it’s difficult to take precise measurements of very large animals underwater, it’s certain that the blue whale is the largest creature in existence and it’s likely that it’s the largest one ever to have lived. These whales come close to one hundred feet in length, and the females of the species are larger than the males.