Over the summer, I completed a project named Folk Tales of the Sea People. It was a creative writing and art project, designed to work towards some self-set goals written about on my blog, Doing A Thing.
After writing all the stories and illustrating them using my often-forgotten set of watercolours, I let varpunen-laulaa read it first, and then posted it all on said blog. And totally forgot to upload any of the paintings here!
So tonight I've uploaded them all to my gallery and scraps, with links in each deviation to the corresponding story.
Folk Tales of the Sea People is set out like a Grimm-esque collection of fairy tales, collected by a fictional explorer and scholar named Cadogan Browne. (You can read more about this in the preface and introduction: doingathing.blogspot.co.uk/201… )
The stories involve all kinds of water-dwelling people, including mermaids, selkie, siren, nereid, havsrå, kappa, näkki, glashtyn, finwives, fossegrimm, dragons, octopi and of course fish (but I really mustn't call him a fish. Read The Fish Who Grew Legs to find out why).
With these stories, I tried to have a mixture of expected and unexpected. And following the tradition of the Brothers Grimm, the stories don't all have happy endings. So the prince and princess don't always ride off into the sunset - indeed the prince doesn't always fall in love with a princess - and sometimes the heroes don't survive to tell their own tales. All I can say is...read with an open mind.
Folk Tales of the Sea People