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mermaid   the painting

I have shown you one of these before. I do a simple continuous line drawing in a one to five minute study at life drawing and then trace it off onto watercolor paper with Saral and just have fun inventing something with paint and whatever skill I can muster up. It feels as though it’s half me and half the paint and I like that. It offers up a great way to explore a medium’s gifts and a fascinating way to get in touch with your own personal skills. I was so intrigued with the missing eye and arm. The eye, lips and hand were my focus.


  1. I love the colours in the skin, very rich. Definitely not your standard babe with a tail painting this. Your approach takes guts and practice I think – but letting the watercolour do their own thing has got to be the way to go. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Thank-you for your comment. I know she’s not the usual mermaid. I like to think of her as a “survivor”. Since I have created this, I have thought of several reasons for the missing eye and arm. Not all of the reasons are bad ones. Thank-you again for commenting on this piece.

  2. Thank you for the link Leslie, this is amazing!
    I struggle so hard with the artistic side of art, even if I start with a simple continuous line drawing, I have a hard time sticking to that through out the painting. This is gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous!

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