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More of the Swamp.

Ok, so to explain the title of this little blog. Nature and greenery in particular have fascinated me since I was a child, from finding field mice in the corn fields behind our families village home when I was 4 to climbing trees and skimming stones in ponds until well into my teens. I've had a strong fascination with nature. In fact upon travelling to Spain I recall being particular pleased just to see the colour green again. I think if I were to leave England I wouldn't be able to be too far from nature or I might lose myself. And so 'Into the Swamp'

Sure it could be into the forest, but this is about art, about losing yourself in a gritty place full of grime and dank. Those who view art as being some sort of beautiful thing with untouched beauty have never experienced creating it themselves. It's a tough ordeal where the thicker your skin is the better, you have to persevere through the good and bad and never stop pushing for fear of being left behind. And so the blog itself is in itself a representation of a journey through the dank dark places of art. The further into the swamp you go the slimier it gets but the more treasure and self discovery you will find along the way.

Anyway, enough of a personal tangent. What inspired my description was actually a new sketch I've been working on. The Greeks were well known for their abilty to make anything sexy; horses? Make them centaurs, fish? Make them mermaids Trees? Make them dryads. But not all of them were good little spirits who would guide safe travellers, many were malevolent and used their charms to seduce men into their doom.

My favourites of the nature spirits have always been forest nymphs, but I also have something of a soft spot to water nymphs, also known as Naiads. Gazing upon men from within their watery home, their divine forms entrancing them.

The iamge obviously still needs work, but I'm actualy quite excited with how it will turn out. The contrast between the beauty of a Naiad and her seduction to the clear ill harm behind her alluring figure.

Anyway enough rant from me now. More to be updated soon.


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