Fish Secrets


#310/365 Paintings

Fish! They wouldn’t want us to know how much goes on at the bottom of the sea. And it gets really interesting in those portals to the center of the earth. Down deep in the sea, they so beautiful our minds can’t get a wrap on it. And, they talk more. It has something to do with what they hear through the walls of the earth. If you think your family, housemates, visitors can hear things! They have nothing on fish. Fish hear from the edges of their gils all the way through every little atom in their beautiful little bodies. But they won’t tell anyone. They are secretive because they have no use for the information.

Since, I’m painting them, I felt you should know.

Parisian Fish


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What’s the difference between a fish born and raised in Paris vs. the States?

… Ahem! Well, here’s the short list:

  • They are popular to eat and milk it for what it’s worth. They make you earn any interaction with them.
  • They cuss in all languages. Paris is a a highly traffic’d International center. They’ve heard it all. They pick stuff up quickly.
  • They are as amorous as the French without the ego. They take ‘pretty’ for granted. They are admired and sought after by all brands of fish and gender.
  • They spit on you before you kill them to eat them.
  • They are picky about what you feed them. They know a good meal.
  • They love their mothers like a religion.

Well, that’s the short list. The long list would drive you bananas, so I’ll spare you.

City Fish


#304/365 Paintings

Ever wondered what fish do in our cities when we aren’t looking? Which is a lot, given how busy cities can be. Here’s a peek. But don’t tell them your source. Fish are more fierce than you might imagine. And, you don’t want to lose your daily painter do you?


Project notes: I was in the hardware store looking at paint chips and took a bunch home. I wanted to learn how to mix new color combinations. I got lazy and glued the chips to my paper and painted over them. ; )


It’s a Jungle in Here


#303/365 Paintings

“Fred I can’t find Georgia.”

“Just look for the orange-like-pink sparkle.”

“Oh, I think that’s her. No, another coral reef. Damn Fred, I’ve been at this for days.”


Fish have all this color but no color coding system. They are mute genius’s the way they scout around — lumps of kaleidoscopal beauty.


Project note: Everything in this painting was a new discovery—from materials to happy accidents. What a thrilling day.

Koi Love II


#301/365 Paintings

Listening to Mozart and drinking a good glass of Chardonnay after a cold, difficult mountain bike ride helps me find my fish painting superhero.

Oh, and… can you find the froggie in this one? It’s not easy. Let me know in the comments section if you need a hint. Don’t be embarrassed. It’s really not easy to find him.

Koi Love-Fest


#300/365 Paintings

Koi fish… their secret? They want you to think they are pretty and dumb so you keep feeding and admiring them. When we aren’t looking they are silly creatures. They get all colorful and ticklish. I’ve heard reports from the field.


Project notes: I got a little excited. Instead of my 1 hour or less rule, I painted for 90 minutes and loved every second of it. But at this rate of detail, I’ll never get through this series. This is what you might call over-painting. I’ll get it together, I promise. ; ) (never).