Sea Maiden 5 Donna by Robert Kline

Sea Maiden 5 Donna by Robert Kline

Sea Maiden 5 Donna with Blue Marlin

This beautiful Sea Maiden illustration is from a collection of Sea Maidens (mermaids), Sea Babies (mermaid babies), Sea Masters (merman), pirates and fairies created by renowned artist and novelist Robert Kline of St. Augustine, Florida. The illustrations are from Robert’s novel The Forgotten Voyage of H.M.S. Baci in which the Sea Captain, Sir Edmund Roberts describes in his log, his various Sea Maiden, Sea Baby and Sea Master sightings.  The following is the excerpt for this illustration:

There is, I am convinced, a cascade of unpredictability associated with all great endeavors. Absent is the smoothly patent flow of events, replaced instead with a stuttering succession of disappointments and surprises. Such was the case with the preparations for Edmund C. Roberts’ voyage of discovery. A day did not go by without a new complication or delay’ and that evolving complexity appeared to include almost every person intent on accompanying the young man. An unfortunate example was Fritz, Roberts’ aeronautic mechanic. Fritz was a fully engaged Teutonic, a swirling vortex of dreams and plans, many of them conceived without full knowledge or complete consent of any others involved. Following the furry of minutiae that surrounded the last days before departure there was an incident involving the love of the old man’s life, Alex. His joy in living had revolved around her presence, revolved in fact, to the point that he barely moved without consult opinion. To him, all was well, the most grand of adventures about to begin with her, as always, in his company. But it was not to be. The very dawn of departure he returned to find a cryptic note of only two words: “Something happened.” There was no more—truly no more, for she had taken every last item from her closet, leaving nothing but memories. There would be no further explanation, no last embrace, no parting kiss. Her abrupt disappearance was shrouded in a mist of self-absorption and sealed with youth’s desperate incantation that tomorrow would justify all. To say Fritz was devastated practices understatement to the extreme. Never had the methodical old mechanic misjudged a relationship to such a point of disaster. His heart broke. His life stopped. No birds sang. No sun rose. A much anticipated future, a wonderful life, a partnership, a shared joy was dashed. He plodded and he grieved. He shuffled about in abject disbelief and pain-laced misery. He longed to withdrawn from the voyage, but in the end he did not. So pervasive was the gloom that surrounded him that even Edmund Roberts was eventually effected. In an attempt to bring the old fellow out of his state of depression Roberts took him in the diving apparatus.
They did indeed spy a Sea Maiden, she with her back toward a magnificent blue marlin. Fritz looked up and softly whispered, “My Alex turned away, also. I still miss her and love her so.”

There is only one person who knows if the young women’s plans turned out to be worth missing the voyage with Fritz, but there is no record of her ever saying. One can only hope.

Roberts’ journal, though saltwater-stained and only partially legible reads:
Maidenus accompanious, “D——” (we assume Donna)
The most beautiful —— Maiden spied with a ——- —— (sic. Blue marlin)

Fritz’s diary entry of the same day laments:
“How sad there is no going back. Moving forward without the love of my life seems the longest, most lonely and empty journey imaginable.”

This illustration is available for purchase in the following matted sizes: 5″ x 7″, 8″ x 10″, 11″ x 14″ and an 11″ x 17″ that comes unmatted on a piece of 1/4″ foam board.

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