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February 27, 2007
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Feb 26, 2007, 1:15:15 PM
Swallowed by the Sea by bluecnidaria Swallowed by the Sea by bluecnidaria
Medium - Watercolour. 18x24 inch

In 1836 Hans Christen Anderson wrote a fairy tale called the little mermaid. Which had not a thing to do with the sanitized Disney cartoon.

The Tale begins far out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower, and as clear as crystal, it is very, very deep. In the deepest spot of all, stands the castle of the Sea King, with his six beautiful children; each with a body ending in a fish’s tail. The youngest became besotted when she saw a large ship ripped asunder in a dreadful storm, and a prince, with large black eyes sink into the deep waves.

A mermaid may live to three hundred years, but has not an immortal soul, nor can she obtain one unless she wins the love of a human being. Without an immortal soul a mermaid can never live again; when they cease to exist below the waves they become the foam on the surface of the water, and have not even a grave to mark those beloved. On the power of another hangs her eternal destiny. They are like the green sea-weed, when once it has been cut off, can never flourish more. And so she traded her tongue to a sea-witch in exchange for legs and set off in search of the prince’s love and through it an immortal soul.

The prince although enchanted by this mute girl loved her as a child and married another and so the little mermaid’s heart did break, and on the morning after his wedding she did throw herself from the ship into the sea, and became one of the daughters of air floating through the aether. Swallowed by the sea and lost forever, she haunts the tidepools on rocky shores. The last reflection of a lonely soul.
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zzen Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Little mermaid - it was a wonderful sad story in Czechoslovakian film based on true fairy tale ...
Love your work, wonderful detailed piece
bluecnidaria Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LadiZsuzsi Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Wow! It's fantastic! This is watercolour? Wow! This work is wonderful. I love the ocean, but I never seen it... I love the water, but I live in Hungary, and I can't travel a lot. But... this work... is beautyful. I have so much emotions, when I see your pictures. Sorry about my grammar, I just learn English. I hope, you will understand, what I want to say.
bluecnidaria Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you. i'm very flattered.
karincharlotte Featured By Owner May 13, 2007   Traditional Artist
One of my favorite stories is the original Little Mermaid...also love the Disney version as well. But the original is so beautiful and tragic...:heart:
karincharlotte Featured By Owner May 13, 2007   Traditional Artist
This is absolutely wonderful! Can't wait to check out your other work!!! :)
sweetsuome1 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007
Nice work :-)
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