one more before everything comes together…

I’m not sure if I’ve done any painting quite as relaxing to do as these goldfish. I’m going to miss painting them, but I also feel myself getting anxious for the next phase of this project. And to also get some color in my life instead of all of this black and white!

inky goldfish in progress

I started a new job last year, my first big-girl, all-day-every-day, grown-up job. It’s been challenging, figuring out how to manage my now much more limited free time. I feel like I’m constantly dropping the ball on something, but I suppose there has to be some give and take. And if I’m giving up my free time to be able to afford my apartment, well… that’s just a no-brainer, isn’t it?

But my job has a great perk- I’m still in a creative environment, and I get to see new, beautiful things made every day. These goldfish I’m going to start working on will hopefully be a marriage of my artwork, and the new resources available to me at my day job. We’ll just have to wait and see what shakes out!

two goldfish down, one to go!

This one ended up being a bit of a tribute to my dearly departed fish, Sirius. He was a Black Moor goldfish just like this (although he started to get a little orange in his old age). He lived for nearly a decade, and was a good ten inches long from the tip of his nose to the end of his long, flowing tail. He was a jerk who didn’t tolerate company in his tank very well, but we all want alone time sometimes, right? He just wanted alone time all the time. I got him the summer before high school, he came with me to college, and he spent his final days back at my parents’ house with a girlfriend fish he deemed acceptable. He was a helluva fish.

Constellation Collection, Half Complete (so far)

I’ll admit, I have a very short attention span when it comes to painting. It’s how I knew early on I would never make comics; whenever I tried, I could never get past 15 pages or so. Always, after I’ve made a dent into a project, I get restless and have to switch to something else, probably painted in a different medium to boot.

So, I decided to challenge myself- 12 paintings, done in a relatively timely fashion, with one theme, and stylistically cohesive. Definitely a difficult task!

Well, here I am, half way through! I can feel some creeping restlessness, but I’m also excited to tackle the next constellation (Libra, for all you scale signs out there). Here are the first six signs:

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Aries, the Ram
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Taurus, the Bull
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Gemini, the Twins
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Cancer, the Crab
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Leo, the Lion
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Virgo, the Virgin

As you could probably tell from the in-progress pictures I’ve been posting for the last few weeks, these guys were all painted in black ink, my favorite thing lately. That definitely makes it easier to keep going! Hopefully I’ll be posting the second set soon. In the meantime, keep an eye out for more progress photos!