'A drowned girl becomes a russalka, whose sole aim is to drown others' So won't you come for a swim with us? No, she's definately not a mermaid. I used to think that nixes were the ones who sought to drown people, but apparently, they do no harm, but dance on the water if someone's going to drown. So says my fantasy encyclopedia. So this is my little russalka, she's very starving. On the point of death, I do believe, and worse, she's injured by a hunter. She's hoping for some chance person to fall in to the water, or some other luckly occurence. I did this with acrylics, and had great fun on the background with a make-up sponge!