Category Archives: art challenge

Name That Fish!

Perhaps you remember my “put a BEAK on it,” birds?  If not you can find some of them here:  Chicken ‘A La King

Today I have “put a FIN on it,” fish!  I thought you might enjoy naming them:

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Both are fun to create with scraps of paper and a little imagination… A fun project to do with children!

Cheers! 🙂

Carnivals, Clouds And Cats

My blog title sounds like it could be part of the lyrics from Joni Mitchell’s song, “Both Sides Now.”  😉

However, my post today does involve some illusions… and imaginary fish!

The Carnival Fish was created by making copies of my “Bearded Hat Fish,” that you can find here:  What Rhymes With Weird?!   My copier was about out of ink so the fish is more yellow in color than my original.

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I made two copies of my fish and lined up the images together in one stack.  I then cut 1/2 inch strips being careful to keep my images in the order of my design.  Next, I glued the two exact image strips next to each other on a piece of heavier paper with a glue stick.  This gives it the affect that reminds me of the mirrors in a carnival thus the name.

The Cloud Fish reminded me of the lazy days of summer and seeing shapes in the clouds…  My haiku says, “Lazy Cloud fish swim, Above the sea in blue skies, Slowly passing by.”

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I created it with color pencils and Copic markers.  What other images do you see in the clouds beside the fish?

My Jack Fish is a drawing of my cat, Jack – you can see a photo of him here: Why A Cat Needs An Umbrella    My cat loves to eat canned cat food – especially FISH!  (No, he doesn’t actually eat the whole fish but it makes for a good drawing.) Lol!

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There actually is a REAL fish called a Jack fish!  Did you know that?!

I hope you enjoyed my imaginary fish!  Maybe they will inspire you to create with your imagination.

Cheers! 🙂

Oh, Carp!

If you read my post from yesterday, I shared that today I would show you a piece of art that was a mistake or maybe what I should call an “unsuccessful experiment!”

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I can’t really remember my reasoning for creating this acrylic painting on pastel paper… but it didn’t turn out that great… I think we all have these unsuccessful art pieces!  Am I correct?! 😉

Yesterday, I made it into a fish… An “uncommon” Carp:

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I’m liking it much better now!

I encourage you to keep your “mistakes” and turn them into “possibilities” at a later date!

Cheers! 🙂

 

FUNny Fish Fry-day

I decided to add a new series to my blog with funny fish!

Fridays or as I will call them, Fry-day will be a great day to have FUN with some weird fish… and end your week with a smile! 🙂  (I hope!)

Today’s fish is the name of a REAL fish that I found on Wikipedia’s common list of fish from A to Z – The Bigeye Square Tail…  I added my own artistic touch to it of course!

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I hope this fish “lures” you into a FUNtastic weekend!

Cheers! 🙂

St. Peter’s Fish

As many of you know, I love learning new things!  🙂

My recent art challenge of creating 50 fish on Instagram has left me fishing for information about this subject.

We can learn a ton on the internet but I also LOVE books!! So I purchased this book recently from Amazon:

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This is a great book for “kids of all ages!”  I love all the amazing photos and also the basic information such as how fish swim.

I drew this one-liner fish, “John Dory” also known as St. Peter’s Fish from this book:

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Do you see the false eye on the side of the fish?

According to legend, over 2000 years ago, St. Peter dropped a coin in the Sea of Galilee and the fish caught it.  St. Peter picked the fish up and took the coin back, leaving his fingerprints on the skin of the fish…

This is an odd-looking fish found in European waters.  It is oval with a flat body and a large spiny head.  The white boneless, meaty flesh is firm and flavorsome if cooked properly.  It is condsidered a culinary delicacy.

I hope you found it as interesting to learn about as I did.

Cheers to learning new things!  🙂

A Colorful Doodle Fish

I had planned to create more than fish this week but life has gotten in the way!  So here is my doodle fish I drew with a black Micron pen earlier this week:

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Last night I colored it with markers and color pencils – very fun! And colorful!

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What do you think about coloring books for adults? Have you purchased them?

I find doodling and coloring to be very calming… how about you?

Cheers! 🙂

Mustache or Beard?

Perhaps you remember the Beard Fish?  If not, you can find it here, What Rhymes With Weird?!

Today I have another weird FISH:  The Mustache fish:

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I’m enjoying the #create50fish challenge on Instagram!

Happy Weird FISH Wednesday!

Cheers! 🙂

A Rainbow… Trout

I had a lot of fun asking “fisherman” at the lake yesterday what kind of trout I drew in my art journal… (before I wrote the name).

I got several answers.  Two fisherman thought it was a Cutthroat, three guessed a Brown trout and one got it right!

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Yep, you guessed correctly too!  Of course it is a Rainbow Trout – Just look at the background colors!! Lol!

Happy Fishing! 🙂

Catch The Fun

I hope you join in the fun…

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And create a fish a day!!

The FISH art project begins September 1st through October 31st – which gives one a couple of days to “throw out the net” but let one or two “fish” art projects escape!

As I posted previously, you can find it here:  Fishing – A couple of friends and I created this mixed media art challenge for fun!

I will be posting on Instagram with the hashtag: #create50fish if you want to join in!!

Happy Fishing!  🙂

Common Wildflowers

I like to pick a few wildflowers when I’m at the lake so that I can study and paint them in watercolor.

I found Common Tansy and Common Yarrow wildflowers yesterday at the lake.  They may be common in name but not common for me to paint!

I tried to paint them loosely and then added a few details with a BROWN micron pen to change things up a little.

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I struggled with painting the Birch bark so I realize it looks a bit strange.  😉

Here is a photo of what I was trying to paint:

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I like the burst of red from the cherry, how about you?  I thought it was a good way to end #World Watercolor Month as today is the last day to celebrate  – thanks Charlie at doodlewash.com  for making it such a fun month!

Cheers!  🙂