Mermaid’s tale

“I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water white and black.
We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.”


If there was a parallel universe in which mer-creatures and cephalopods enjoyed each others company then I would love to travel there and be part of it (which is odd for someone who doesn’t feel comfortable swimming in the ocean). Meanwhile I have to make do with my imagination, poetry and the odd tentacle toy…

I was going through some old photos and found a picture of an artwork I painted on the bathroom floor of a house I was renting some 20+ years ago. Unfortunately this is the only shot I have so her face is a bit distorted, and there is a stain in the lower right hand corner. The fish running through her fingers reminded me that this was yet another of my interpretations of Cream’s song Tales of Brave Ulysses; some things endure in our erotic imagination.

Sinful Sunday


27 thoughts on “Mermaid’s tale

    • Thanks Molly, I must hunt out my original drawing, her face looks distorted in this pic. She was much more like an Utamaro woman than is evident here.
      And yes indeed, with the emphasis in my mind on the grace and power – my vision of a mermaid is a long way from Ariel! Especially when there are tentacles involved…
      Indie X


    • Thank you! Unfortunately they demolished the house about six months after I moved out, so she’s not still lurking under someones carpet. I wish I had a better pic of her face.
      Indie xx


    • Thank you. I’m eyeing off my lounge room floor now, wondering if I might paint the floor rather than just polishing the concrete once I pull the carpet up. I did this image a good 20 years ago. I haven’t done anything on this scale recently… But I really loved her, and she was much nicer than the grubby dull floor I painted over – lol. Indie x


  1. Oh wow your hair looks beautiful! And you have captured the theme perfectly in this photo! Amazing artwork, I love to draw but have never had any talent when it comes to paint. I hope you still find time to enjoy your talent!
    Aurora x


    • Thanks lovely! I haven’t worked in a while but my studio is sorted now so I’ve just got to find the spark and get on with it… I’m trained as a drawer, painting is self taught and my colour ability is sometimes a bit off – I prefer tone. But I did her when I was an undergrad and I still remember how proud I was of her. Wish I had better pics. I’ve got a drawing somewhere I’ll see if I can locate it and do a follow up post.indie x


    • Thank you, I appreciate your feedback. I bought a cheap fabric mermaids tail a while ago but it was made for a different version of 1x to mine. May have been just as well, I may have drowned (with a smile on my face) in the bathtub…
      Indie xx


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