Carved on cedar, I made this piece for my own pleasure, during a period of creative doldrums, although the drawing I used did come from a series of sketches for some commissioned carved 'mermaid' mantel shelf supports. The colours used are derived from a very quick, spontaneous watercolour sketch in which I just happened to paint her blue. Apparently mermaids are beings who convey dead souls into the underworld.
carved wood relief panel
34cm x 48cm
I have sketch books full of ideas and propositions. Sometimes I look back through them, select a drawing and say, "Let's just do that. Now." And I get on with carving it. I made this piece for my own pleasure, as therapy, to get my creativity flowing during a period of artist's block.