This is for the Mermaid piece and the first thing I needed to do was RESEARCH. The piece I've been asked to create is for a show about Mermen and Merwomen of Africa, and I knew nothing about them.
I both printed off a lot of information from the internet and read a lot on the internet. Once I had an overview,I had to decide what I wanted to focus on. Mami Wata of West, Central and Southern Africa?
The Orisha Yemoja of the Yoruba tradition?
Her daugher, the "most beautiful woman in the world" or one of her sisters, each of whom have their own traditions and tales?
Or perhaps a nameless fresh water mermaid that lives in a desert in South Africa?
I'm working this time on lightweight canvas, which has been gessoed, dried for 24 hours and now has white acrylic paint on it which is currently curing.
I've made my decision and am doing preliminary sketching tomorrow night. I may even start to do some blocking on Tuesday. Let's see how far I get by Wednesday - see you then?