It's been quite a while since I've added anything to the shop! And with the hot summer weather, and with a potentially second summer of not being in the ocean, I have needed to get these water images down on paper. I come from a long family history of mermaids. My Grandmother's nick-name was "The Tan Mermaid." My mother is a Mermaid, I am one when I am any body of water (meaning I don't get out) and now, my daughter:
From the very beginning of my shop opening, my Addie hasn't liked much of what I had to offer her. "Mermaids, Mom. I want Mermaids."
But I was always stumped. Mermaids just didn't seem to "fit" in the shop, yet at the same time, all the illustrations of mermaids that were available were Disney or the like. Why can't there be sweet vintage Mermaids? Well, they are here now, and I can't wait to do more.
And with mermaids, whales have been on my mind a lot lately too. We'll see how many I get out between final art pages. But these are serving as warmups, quite literally, since the book I am illustrating takes place at Christmas...and I am starting to get really cold!
Expect to see them in the shop next week! Stay tuned.....and have a wonderful summer weekend!