Monday, July 23, 2012

The Sea Girl and the Pearl

Digital - 7x8.25

The Sea Girl and the Pearl

She found a pearl,
the little Sea Girl,
upon the ocean floor.

She took it back
to add to her stack
of objects to adore.

The orb glowed bright
and offered delight
atop her trinket pile.

The Sea Girl's eyes
gazed on her new prize, 
and twinkled with her smile.

A giant eel
in search of a meal,
swam by the Sea Girl's home.

He saw a glimmer,
a shiny shimmer, 
in dunes of sandy loam.

The eel swooped down,
disturbing the ground
and searching for his prey.

The Sea Girl fled
into a thick bed
of seaweed where she lay.

The hungry eel,
who still had no meal,
went somewhere else to feed.

The Sea Girl packed
the treasures she stacked
and moved to the seaweed.

There was one thing
that she would not bring,
one thing she wouldn't miss.

She tossed her pearl,
the little Sea Girl,
into a deep abyss.

The Sea Girl and the Pearl ©2012 Teresa Rodriguez

The image above was the result of much experimentation in digital painting and painting in general. It was a rewarding venture, where I played with different brushes and techniques. Ironically, my work in Photoshop is helping my skills with traditional media such as gouache and watercolor. The main difference being the material expense that doesn't exist in cyberland.

I love to watch tutorials and demos by artists such as Will Terry, Chris Oatley and Dani Jones to see what how they develop their masterpieces. A search through YouTube can find lots of other educational nuggets by generous artists.

This week I am happy to be participating in Aquariann's Mermaid Blog Hop, where you can find lots of other sea folks who may have a less traumatic tale to tell. Click on the button below to visit. And if you are here from the Hop, welcome! :)

aquariann's Mermaid Blog Hop


  1. Wonderful painting! She has such a sweet expression. What a shame that pearl ended up causing her so much trouble. :(

  2. How sweet that image is! I love the sea flowers, they are just great. I am visiting via Aquariann's mermaid hop :).