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Mermaid Triptych - Chris Howard by the0phrastus Mermaid Triptych - Chris Howard by the0phrastus
Mermaid Triptych: from left to right, "Mermaids Fucking with the Forecast", "Mermaids Discuss the Complexities of Global Shipping", and "A Mermaid and her Friendly Floatees".

Mermaids Fucking with the Forecast: after a particularly raucous underwater celebration, three sisters conjure up a real ship-tosser of a gale, complete with random bolts of lightning, cloud-riding ghost humpbacks, and several million dollars in damages.

Mermaids Discuss the Complexities of Global Shipping: there are millions of shipping containers on vessels on the oceans at any given moment, and for various reasons some of these are lost at sea en route, reported missing, and written off. Someone finds them, mainly because they don't sink right away. The World Shipping Council estimates that on average there are between 500 and 600 containers lost at sea each year--that's hundreds of forty-foot boxes of steel just tumbling over the side of the ship and into the ocean. (This doesn't include cases where the ships themselves sink or run aground. These catastrophic losses put the number of lost containers well over 2000.)

A Mermaid and her Friendly Floatees: In 1992 a container ship bound for the Port of Tacoma lost a container over the side in the middle of a storm in the Pacific Ocean, and almost 30,000 rubber ducks and various other floating animals were released to drift in the currents. As late as 2007, fifteen years later, people were still finding rubber ducks on the shores of Ireland and France, the Floatees having made their way through the Northern Passage, above Canada, around Greenland, and into the Atlantic. More here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friendly…

I painted these three in ArtRage4 and Photoshop CC, about twenty total hours.

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unbridledmuse Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
These are all so gorgeous! :love: I love the title of the first one and the culture-shock of the second and third. :clap: That's a very interesting story about the container in 1992. Rubber duckies released into the wild. :giggle:
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the0phrastus Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Thank you so much!
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unbridledmuse Featured By Owner 18 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
you're very welcome! :happybounce:
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nixequeen45 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really love the stories that go with each of these pictures.
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the0phrastus Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017
Thanks!
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nixequeen45 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yw!
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uglygosling Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017
I remember that middle one...they would be very disappointed if that container held a load of shoes...but possibly VERY happy if it has a load of shell tops! :D
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the0phrastus Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017
Ha! I know. I think there was a story where a lost container only contained the left shoes, the pairs shipped separately to stop pilferage--or something like that.
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