My mermaid arrived! I was so pleased with the background that I was afraid of messing it up with a crummy mermaid. Haha! But I ended up happy with her as well. I darkened the water to give the illustration a bit more of a dramatic look. What a challenge! I'm happy I got it done before the end of the MerMay month.
I'm also going to share with you a little excerpt from a story, in verse, I was working on about a year ago that is also about a mermaid. Now that I'm a year removed from it I can see where it needs more work. But for what it's worth, here's how it began.
We built castles of sand. We splashed in the sea.
We were on an adventure, my parents and me.
But my folks tuckered out, and I really can't say
Why they'd rather read books and waste half of the day.
Soon my mom fell asleep and Dad started to snore.
So I sat by myself looking out from the shore.
Far out in the sea, I noticed a flash,
A sparkling of silver, a spray, and a splash.
That's one whopping fish! It was huge! It was strong!
But as it got closer, I saw I was wrong.
It swam steadily toward me, and to my surprise
A girl broke the surface, long hair, and big eyes.
"Hello there!" she called. "Over here! Come and see!"
I glanced over my shoulder, responded, "who me?"
"Yes you, silly boy. Do you want to have fun?
Come away for the day. Let's escape from the sun."
So while my mom slept and my dad snored away
I walked into the waves with this girl, for the day.