This is one of my favorite paintings. My beautiful model spent quite a little while in the pool, posing for me. She took this shell from the side of the pool and listened to it with no direction, proving to me once again that, while good art often requires much orchestration, sometimes it is simply recognizing a beautiful composition when you see it!
In real life, my model is a competitive swimmer and a lifeguard, born in Hawaii and thus no stranger to water. To me, she is Ariel, Daughter of King Triton and Queen Athena, communing with one of her subjects...on her shell phone.