Crystal Cove is a drawing of a mermaid on a black sand beach at sunset. The coastline is rugged. A rock arch appears in the distance. Clouds in the sky are painted pink in the waning light.
Large green crystals appear near the base of the arch. Some point straight up while others are at odd angles. One has partially fallen into the sea. Two of the bigger crystals appear to have windows near the top. Farther away, some of the crystals have taken to the sky. The mermaid is wearing an earring made of the same type of crystal.
In one sense Crystal Cove is a very simple piece. It’s a fantasy portrait of a mermaid. But beyond that, there is an air of mystery about it that I find appealing. Are the crystals natural? Why do some of the crystals seem to be inhabited? Who lives there? What is making the crystals lift into the sky? Where are they going?
Does the mermaid live here in this Crystal Cove or is she just visiting? She’s staring out to sea. Is she looking at something or just basking in the last glow of the sunset? Her earring seems to suggest some relationship to the place. But what? Is it hers by right? Did she find it? Trade for it? Steal it?
There are a lot of intriguing possibilities in a piece like Crystal Cove. There are a lot of unanswered questions. To me, that is part of what makes fantasy and speculative fiction in general appealing. It’s about possibilities. It’s about “what if”. Just because I drew Crystal Cove doesn’t mean that I have all the answers.
Maybe it’s not even so important that the questions have answers. It’s in the asking that dreams are born.
The original drawing is done in Prismacolor colored pencils on 2-ply Bristol vellum.