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Mermaid Joy with Octopus - Sea Maiden 11

Mermaid art and story by Robert Kline

Mermaid Joy with octopus print has been retired and is therefore limited in supply. It is currently available in the following matted sizes (entire matted size): 8" x 10", 11" x 14" and an 11" x 17" that comes unmatted on a piece of 1/4" foam board.

This wonderful mermaid named Joy art print and story comes from a collection of mermaids (Sea Maidens), mermen (Sea Masters), mermaid babies (Sea Babies) pirates, lighthouses and fairies created by renowned artist and author Robert Kline of St. Augustine, Florida. The print is a lithograph reproduction of the original watercolor painting that has been hand labeled and signed by Robert in pencil. All of the prints come with a 1/4" foam backing and the 5" x 7", 8" x 10", 11" x 14" are matted so all you need is a frame and they are ready to hang on your wall! Each of the prints also comes with an excerpt from Robert's novel The Forgotten Voyage of H.M.S. Baci in which multiple generations of the Robert’s family sail the high seas in search of and documenting the world’s mermaid and merman population. Therefore, you will be able to read passages from the novel describing the various Sea Maiden, Sea Master, Sea baby or pirate sighting. The following is the excerpt for this print:

“I give you Joy!” Edmund C. Roberts exclaimed, both in response to the season and the beautiful Sea Maiden that was before him.

As a word of explanation before the remainder of this adventure is related, I feel the need to step from my role as omniscient narrator and inform the reader relative  to this particular Sea Maiden sighting. We cannot escape the vicissitudes of fortune, even when sitting, martini in hand, communicating with those with whom we have had no previous acquaintance. Researching the stories of Sir Edmund Roberts and later, his grandson, Edmund C. Roberts, has led me across various continents and many oceans on journeys at least convoluted as those of the afore mentioned gentlemen. The second most frustrating thing that I have encountered in my research has been the occasional lack of continuity reparative to reported Sea Maiden sightings. Such is the case currently. Sea Maiden 11 was listed by Edmund C. Roberts as his fourth sighting. Yet he lists ten sightings as previous. Further, if one is to believe his fourth sighting nonsense, one must ignore a nearly four month and two thousand mile lapse.  I did recently travel to Seattle, Washington and at that time took the opportunity to dive by the bay Edmund C. Roberts described. Not only was the bottom (sea bottom that is, for sadly, I had no opportunity to observe a Sea Maiden bottom) as he described it, but the area is still populated by giant octopus (the accepted plural is left to personal preference; octopuses, octopus, octopi, and octopussies all accepted—though it was with Herculean effort that I rejected the latter.) In addition, various marine biologists I encountered verified that an emotional octopus does indeed turn red, and that in the winter—say December—they do exhibit an unusual gregarious nature—thus supporting the observed “dance” with Edmund C. Roberts’ Sea Maiden. A celebration of Christmas and the oneness of we who populate this planet? Who am I to say?

So….

The diving apparatus was crowded and hot; Edmund C. Roberts, the ship’s captain, Jimmy—the chief engineer, his daughter, and the three stowaway children; Sarah, Sue and Marie all occupying the bell’s humid space. It was Edmund’s Christmas gift to them—sharing the ocean floor, as it were—and they were grateful to the extreme. The sea around them was alive with aquatic creatures, but all were transfixed by a Sea Maiden in the embrace of an octopus, “Dancing” as they drifted by.

“They’re dancing!” Sarah exclaimed. It’s so sweet,” Sue added. “I think Baby Jesus touched them,” Marie whispered. Jimmy whistled softly and concluded, “Lord above, wouldn’t I love ta have eight hands.”

Edmunds journal reads:
Maidenus Christmas, “Joy”
Octopus dofleini
Strait of Juan de Fuca
December 25th, 1912

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