Just a Self-Isolating Goldfish

I was self-isolating before it was cool


When searching for an image to paint for a video this week, it occurred to me that goldfish who live alone in bowls are already accustomed to isolation — although I suppose the case could be made that they aren’t ‘self-isolating’ since they don’t choose that isolation freely. Oh well, it seemed like an apt analogy to what we (in the U. S. and around the world) are having to put up with at the moment.

Except that for many of us introverts, we were self-isolating before it was cool. I mean, I know I’m extremely fortunate, but this whole shelter-in-place thing hasn’t changed much about my daily life. As an artist and writer, I worked from home already. My husband was very fortunate to also work from home most days. So, all that changed for us is I don’t get to go out to lunch anymore, and my haircut appointment next week will probably be cancelled. Big deal. No great sacrifice for me. My heart goes out to everyone out there who is under extreme duress at this time, due to financial as well as social stress, all caused by this virus and our government’s slow and inadequate response to help in any way.

So, the details about the painting.

Self-Isolating Goldfish Painting
Self-isolating before it was cool

It was painted on 300# Hot Press Watercolor Paper cut to ≈ 9″ x 12″ taped to a piece of cardboard. The painting measures 8″ x 10″.

The reference photo was this goldfish photograph from Pixabay.

I used:

  • Indian Yellow Hue
  • Phthalo Blue
  • Napthol Red
  • Cad. Yellow Medium
  • Titanium Buff
  • Titanium White
  • Matte Medium (for flow and to ease blending)

You can watch the video on YouTube by clicking here. I forgot to turn on the video camera for the first steps, so know that after I transferred my basic outline, I just colored in the fish with Indian Yellow. That’s where the video starts, I think.

Addendum: This painting is now a t-shirt! Visit Wild Pines Studio on Zazzle to see it.

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