Making a mundane pet into a fanciful creature

Recently I have been inspired by the things that surround me the most. For instance, in our small house in Auburn, we have quite a collection of vintage books filled with artwork, animal photography, and exotic places. These books have been collected from goodwill and estate sales. My mother enjoys digging through other people’s forgotten knick-knacks and books, allowing us to profit from her attention surplus disorder (the opposite of A.D.D.). She can take all the credit for the excellent finds and price conscious buys.

Along with our books, I have also been inspired by vintage fabric patterns and color schemes as well as stationary patterns. One of my most recent paintings is a goldfish. I wanted to try something new by layering a stationary pattern behind an animal with unrealistic colors and the sparkle of gold throughout the background. Since I enjoyed doing a pen and ink of a goldfish, I chose the fish as my animal to divide across two 12×12 square canvas. The squares seam to create more visual interest with the gallery style thickness and a more modern shape compared with the typical rectangle. I wanted the fish to be over-sized, fanciful, and take up about two thirds of the entire piece. I am really happy with the outcome and I plan to design more pieces like this one.

Although it is not included in the sale gallery of my website, it is also currently for sale. Contact me for prices.


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