Mermaids have been on my mind a lot more than usual this year. I’ve always had a love affair with their images and mythologies, but not enough to study or create them in numbers. Suddenly I can’t stop thinking about them. And this summer I swam in the ocean for the first time in years… Twice!
Something Merm-ish is certainly going on.
Another summer season has come and almost gone, and yet again i failed to make my long-intended journey to Coney Island for the Mermaid Parade. But lately I feel mermaids all around me. Here’s one I’ve been working on… She had me completely stuck where the first video begins. When you’re stuck like that, eventually you either have to paint over everything in lime green (not that i have ever done that), or just commit to whatever is going to happen and start dipping your brush in some paint. I started this mermaid a few weeks ago… the second in a set of two mermaid canvases, and i just could not get past her mushy stage. Just when I was about to start rummaging for my juiciest tube of key lime, i decided she deserved more effort from me. So for fun I started recording Instagram videos… and then I just did stuff. with paint.
I joke with my husband that whenever I’m stuck with a painting and feel like giving up, I just start adding daisies here and there until I can move on. This is half true, and half because I love 💛 daisies. A lot. I actually think they should be on everything. Seriously.
I hope you’ll enjoy some time-lapse speed painting! (Real time would be intensely painful to watch). She got some daisies of course, and a bit more clothing than originally planned. Follow along to see if she makes it all the way to her varnishing ceremony (and see her in color!), or if she is fated to meet a lime green demise.
So long for now, Summer…
XO ~ skyblue
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