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"Sisters of the Sea"    copyright Brad W Foster 1997

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Sisters of the Sea

Sisters of the Sea

Signed & numbered limited edition of 500

--PRINT ONLY, PRICE-- $15.00

--PRINT IMAGE SIZE-- 8 3/4" X 13" (w x h)
--PRINT PAPER SIZE-- 10 3/4" x 14 3/4" (w x h)
--MATTED SIZE-- 12" X 17" (w x h)

The legendary mermaid is one of the most ancient of all fantasy myths. Ever since man has set off to sea, stories of the half-women, half-fish creatures have been with us. The name itself is derived from the ancient Anglo Saxon "mer" for "sea". In ancient Greece the mermaid was a disguise of the sea goddess Aphrodite, while more recent times have equated them with the Sirens, luring unwary sailors to their doom. Still other tales have them as the saviors of drowning seamen, and friend to the lonely fisherman. There are probably as many versions of the mermaid tale as there are people in the world. This drawing is my first attempt at interpreting that mass of legend, and I wanted to try to represent some of the variety of form for this elusive mythological woman. The central figure is what has become known as the "classic" mermaid, with a totally human upper half, and a simple scaled fish tail starting at the hips. To the left is a mermaid with a bit more of a fishy background, where the decorative patterning of the fish form has flowed completely over her body. Finally the figure on the right is more of what I think of as a "true" mermaid, a creature neither human or fish, but a completely different species, combining aspects of both throughout her entire body.

--Info on the printing process, plus care & feeding instructions--
This is a limited-edition print, each copy signed & numbered by the artist. It is created from a film negative made directly from the original pen and ink artwork, then retouched by the artist, and printed by offset lithography on Starwhite paper stock. Mounting and matting materials are either low-acid or acid-free. To maintain the quality of this work, do not display it where it will be exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods, or to extremes of temperature or humidity. I also recommend that you look at it once it is up on your wall (at least six times a week is considered the minimum), or else it will get sad and lonely, and the tear-stains will make it look less attractive.

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