Welcome to Mermay Authors & Artists Appreciation Week!
A little while ago hubby started searching for #MermayAuthorsArtists who wanted to participate in a week-long celebration of
authors, no, artists, no, merfolk! So, here I am. And you know where I am? On my actual, web2 website and blog and posting here for the first time since… May 12, 2021. Hey, Hive-people, that considered I think I’ve been pretty actively blogging on Hive, right?
Anyhow, enough of this – it’s Mermay and this post is about them, hubby’s questions, and a few of my paintings. Like this one, traditionally on paper with watercolors and ink Micron pens.
Which historical myths did you draw from when creating your artwork?
Well, honestly, none. I pretty much, most of the time, just sit down and draw or paint what I feel like. The luxury of doing this as a hobby. Of course, I may scroll through Google or Pinterest for inspiration and poses. Poses – they are my nemesis, I think you can’t ever practice them enough, I just never seem to have enough time to do all the fun things.
The closest I come to knowing or being close-ish to a historic myth is the Loreley in Germany. It really isn’t much more than a big rock or mountain that the river Rhine had to find a way around on its way to the North Sea. In the course, it left rocks underwater and it’s a narrow bend, making this a dangerous part of the Rhine. There have been quite a few ship accidents. Thus, of course, Loreley has been connected with sirens luring sailors to their death with their beautiful voices.
Sirens and beautiful women sound a lot more enticing than underwater rocks, right?
Here is another waterwoman sort of merfolk that I painted with watercolors into a large sketchbook.
Do you have any personal connection to any particular body of water?
Well, most of you know me at least a little bit, so you are aware that I have been windsurfing for quite a few years now and, there’s no windsurfing without wind and water.
Seriously, as a kid my family called me water-rat because they always had such a hard time getting me out of the water when I was swimming, paddling, waterskiing, windsurfing – you name it. It’s my parents’ own fault though because every one of our vacations was spent at the ocean.
I only got a little less trusting and enthusiastic about the deep waters after having been exposed to the film Jaws at a way too young age for someone with a love for waters and a pretty active imagination. Oh well – here I am and I’m still in or on the water whenever I can.
Here is my go at a merman. Somehow I rarely paint male characters, not entirely sure why. I guess I just love drawing female curves – LOL. This painting is also traditional, watercolor on paper, ink and I added golden metallic watercolor as an accent.
Hope you’ll join these other fine authors and artists to learn why merfolk inspire them and their work!
Till next time – stay safe and healthy and enjoy life!
p.s. this post should have been automatically published to Hive but didn’t. Why? Because idiot me changed keys a few months back but didn’t update them in EXXP – arrrrgh!