That was so much fun, I decided to work on my “commission.” My husband wanted me to redesign the logo for the organization of which he’s a founding member, The Aging Artfully Initiative. The original looks like this:
This is my more detailed and colorful rendition. It’s going to go through some changes yet, but I like this first draft:
I had nice sized puddles of paint left, so I splashed them on a piece of watercolor paper. The next day, I took my gold gouache and loosely painted the shape of reeds and a heron. Then I started layering colored pencil, watercolor pencil and watercolor. The gold sort of seeped up through the layers and for awhile, I thought I’d just made another of my famous messes, but I kept layering and adding detail and was surprised to find something I quite liked.
|Golden Heron — 7 x 10″ mixed media|
So, it was nice to let go and just enjoy playing around. How was your week?
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27 thoughts on “Fish Out of Water”
Loving your fish and the wonderful Heron. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
Happy PPF, Annette x
I love your rendition of the logo… that is a great update… and the hedgehog is lots of fun as well…xx
Lovely pieces, the porcupine is so cute! The Golden Heron is fabulous! ❤
Lovely! The goldfish is my favorite for sure. HPPF!
Well not to propose nothing has worked hard, the logo is very good. Saludos
so much to enjoy here today; kid art and art with a kid; wonderful logo, love the name of the organization, something I am attempting to do…and your tree is fabulous; and the heron is too.
Love it all. HPPF.
what beautiful painting sketching fun you've ben having here. Love that tree! Happy PPF
Love the heron! How wonderful that you and your child can do art together! There's nothing like encouraging the youngsters to create.
Love your color sketches !
Lovely pieces. You captured that Heron so well – his beady eye is keeping watch…
The goldfish is lovely. I can see him swimming along. Also Love those herons. Looks like you had a lovely Art week after all. HPPF
Very true…children's creativity is contagious! 🙂
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What a playful week you've had. Sometimes it's a good thing not to have goals! Happy PPF!
Great post, sometimes the only way to go is with the flow!
Loved all your work…the fish, the heron and the logo…all re nice and your lil friend's work is also cute!
I like the name of the organization.
Love the heron and the Logo renew! Looking good!!
Lovely pieces all…but I especially like the tree logo!
Great post Joy! The heron and all its layers of media reminds me of cooking a gumbo or something. Little of this, a bit of that until, voila! Your senses tell you what it needs until it's right. Love it – great logo too.
Wonderful compositions that flying fish really lovely. Greetings.
Wow! The porcupine's smile looks so cute, no wonder it removed all heavy thoughts!
The tree looks wise and timeless.
I love your birds! They are superb!
Love that fish out of the water! And that heron looks amazing.
beautiful work to show this week, I love all your pieces! The fish out of water reminds me of my piece for Sunday Sketches today.
Lovely work!! The heron is magnificent & I love the tree logo.
Have a great week (hopefully with an assignment in it! lol)
Looks like you have been busy! I really like how the Heron turned out, I like the colors alot.
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I like your blog, the atmosphere is very friendly I think.
And your golden heron is very beautiful!
Love what you post, kids always give us another perspective and a fresh start in everything.
I love your heron and logo. Great job!!
Have a great day!
I'm glad you enjoyed some time creating some lovely artwork. It's my favourite pass time these days but them again I am a watercolourholic. 🙂