A couple of years ago I painted this sunfish in acrylic on canvas inspired by the dot paintings of the Australian Aborigines. I love that style of artwork and wanted to create something similar. It was lots of fun!
Here lately, I've been toying around with the idea of combining my painting and my stitching into some mixed media pieces. So, I decided experiment with the idea using one of my favorite subjects - fish!
I began by sketching the outline of the main parts of the fish onto a piece of muslin. Then I used acrylic paint and water to add washes of color. As you can see, the water carried the paint beyond the borders of the fish, but that's ok in this case, because the plan is to cut him out and attach him to a pieced background, eventually. When the paint dried, the colors were much lighter than I was hoping for, so I went back in and deepened the color in some areas with watercolor pencils.
I have to say that I have enjoyed every part of this project. The painting was fun. The stitching was fun. I learned so much in the process. I am learning as I go along this journey that the best teacher of all is just the doing. As one of my favorite teachers used to say, "We learn by doing!" She was so right!