Monday, January 4, 2010

Goldfish paintings in their second and third stage

I've been working on turning some of my sketches into paintings this week and thought I'd share my progress with you. The two square ones are 12x12 and the larger one is 24x30 inches. After painting the background and the glass jars, I drew on the goldfish and one puffer fish in pencil. The next step was to white them out with three coats of acrylic. This keeps the blue tones from messing with the orange color that will be added next. If you don't do this step, you would end up with a very dark muddier pumpkin color rather than the tangerine I'm going for. I hope to have more done as the week progresses.

Bobby is pretty excited about this one and has requested to have it hung over his cat bed.


  1. wow the detail in those bowls is fantastic!!
    I can't wait to see them finished!!

    Micki x

  2. Didn't realize Bobby was such an art lover ;)

    I bet the chickens will want their own paintings now too.

  3. Very nice. They look like ghost fish at this stage!

  4. They are invisible goldfish!
    Thanks for the tip about not painting orange on top of blue. I probably would and now I see how you get such great colors.

  5. Are you kidding? Was the cat picture staged? It's absolutely adorable and obviously he can tell the painting is of fish.

  6. That last photo is very cute!
    I love the flowing lines of your fish ghosts too.

  7. Looks like you had a very busy and successful week...great and exciting paintings....Dianne