Sometimes we hold on to things that can harm us through sentimentality and habit. It leaves us floating in our own closed worlds. This mermaid represented being held in one place when there's a whole ocean to explore. She helped me let go and move on. I seem to paint mermaids a lot when I want to express my emotions or state of mind. Mixed media - acrylic paints, neocolor II, inktense pencils and bars, gel pens, gilding wax.