This is my first completed mermaid for the year.
She is 11 inches x 14 inches. Collage, gel medium, gesso, acrylic paints, water color paints, graphite pencil, charcoal pencil and colored pencil.
And yes–her arms are meant to be lost in all that hair…because honestly I was not in the mood to deal with elbows and hands…so … hair…
It is true; the sketching was done last year. Even most of the background was done last year. But…she is the first one finished this year…I almost put some words on her before sealing her…but all I kept hearing was Duran’ Duran’s track, Sing Blue Silver, in my head every time I tried to find something proper to stamp on there…and although I love that band and that song, that was not the fitting sentiment for this piece…so I let it go.
So–last year, I was very excited to talk about my 30 or 31 day mermaid challenge…well, that has shifted, that project. A lot.
For one, it is no longer a free challenge. It is no longer 30/31 days. It is not longer all about the happy fru-fru tropical mermaids that tend to crop up.
Between a conversation with a friend of mine and getting hit with a lot of sirens in my dreams for several weeks, the challenge has shifted.
There will be a minimum of forty-five prompts, along the lines of create x type of mermaid. I will also include forty-five creative challenges, along the lines of use a wax crayon to create a resist in your piece. There will also be journalling prompts, as well as some information on some of the autre style mermaids that come up from the depths in the dark of the soul, periodically.
Don’t worry–neither they nor I wish to scare you away, but for some of us, being trapped in the happy happy joy joy space all the time…well, it makes us nauseous.
I am editing out the draft as we speak and hope to have this ready for sale in the next few days. Please stay tuned. I am pretty proud of this one.