One day back in August, after moving away from home, i sat in my new doorway with the setting afternoon sun shining down on my face and i began to draw. It was one of those times where without paying much attention an image would just sort of complete itself....or leak out of my pencil and onto the paper. A lifelong obsession with mermaids and a pinch of inspiration from the 1961 film Night Tide helped me to begin another painting.
I guess being raised right by the ocean dominates the way you perceive the world, and after moving to the heart of the city all of this oceanic imagery crept into my paintings without being planned. acute homesickness? I've got a few more paintings to upload in the coming week, so perhaps you'll see what i mean. In this piece i tried to capture the utter despondency of someone displaced and completely out of their league. (1000000 leagues out of the sea...)
&, the film - Night Tide, starring a young Dennis Hopper, tells the story of a young man who falls in love with a beautiful woman who poses as a mermaid at the seaside amusement park. This film is an underwater tragedy filled with tainted romance, crazy beatnik dancing, mystery, perverse magic and it's absolutely terrific. Just my kind of thing. I'd highly recommend it.
I hope it isn't so crazy of me to still expect to discover a flash of a mermaids shimmery tail while walking along the beach.
The Night Tide trailer...
(really doesnt do the film justice.)
and for good measure... some rare silent footage of Australian swimmer and original 'million dollar mermaid' Annette Kellerman, in Neptune's Daughter.