Mermaid in progress

My latest project is my view of a mermaid, quite a bit different than the typical pics you would normally see.  She has been stuck in my somewhat imaginative head for awhile, and now doing her best to express herself through my fingers.

Here she is still in the rough in stages but coming along quite well. Next her shoulder area will be finished as well as tentacles added to her head, before I get on to the rest of her body.

Hello all, the mermaid is coming along nicely I think it is time to name her , she will be Assyria, because the first known mermaid stories in history appeared in Assyria, ca. 1000 BC. The goddess Atargatis, mother of Assyrian queen Semiramis, loved a mortal shepherd and unintentionally killed him. Ashamed, she jumped into a lake to take the form of a fish, but the waters would not conceal her divine beauty. Thereafter, she took the form of a mermaid.

Assyria’s tentacles are finished so now on to the scraping and sanding , then I can start the painting.


After a bit of a break I spent the day painting and finishing Assyria.

She has several thin layers of paint to give her a nice deep-sea chilly tone and I have lacquered some trim to make it look as close as I could get to seaweed, been awhile since I saw any :)

This is the first sculpt that I have painted, and I was scared to death to make the first brush stroke– for fear that I would wreck the bizillion hours I had spent sculpting her.

Phew, it was almost like I knew what I was doing and all went GREAT!

Under bright, silvery moonlight, twisting tentacles feel the warmth of night air as she surfaces to sound the conch…Assyria, mother of all sea beasts.
Sound the conch Assyria, so all who hear may know the song of the Great Ocean~gentle and lulling, harsh and tempestuous, always deep with mysteries, an eternal and forever song.

Yahoo. Hope you like her.

2 thoughts on “Mermaid in progress”

  1. I LOVE your mermaid! Living on the southern Atlantic coast I have grown up with all sorts of mermaid renditions, cute, cuddly, perky. But your is what I would really expect a mermaid to be….powerful, intensily alive, etheral! She is awesome!!!

    1. Thanks so much for your comment Sharon, something tells me if you ran into a mermaid she wouldn’t be as angelic as some would like to think 🙂

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