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Friday, August 12, 2011

Orange Post : Koi Carp





Ok,  I guess I didn't make the lil' sneak peek hard enough for you smarties... most of you knew it was a Koi fish (and to the nut who said "or an under-ripe tomato that looks like a Koi", I just went to your blog and now I understand, LOL!)  So here's one big cyber pat for all of you who guessed right  ** PAT  PAT**  Thanks for playing along.  It was fun!!  I think I'll do that again, but maybe make it more of a challenge next time!







This was inspired by a few photos I took of  Koi Carp in the pond at Fashion Island in Newport Beach.  I started off with a 9x12 inch canvas.  I printed out three separate photographs of mine onto regular computer paper and glued them down onto the canvas.  Then I used Heavy Gel Medium to create lots of "yummy yummy texture", to quote Jenny and Shelley (thanks ladies!).







Once that dried I added layer after layer after layer of paints and glazes.  Then a few more layers.  To finish it off I popped out  a few details on the fish with permanent pen.

























These are the photos that I used in this mixed media painting.  The first ones are of the Fashion Island Koi.  The last photo is of our very cool chandelier in our bedroom.  I took the photo looking straight up at the light.  I like that you can't really tell what it is!

So here is my Orange Post for The Summer of Color.  I was SO excited to read that there will be a Summer of Color 2 next year, Yay!!  Hopefully next summer I won't be a week behind in all the posts,  LOL, but this was so much fun!  I now have some cool artwork that wouldn't have existed if it weren't for this challenge and the wonderful  Kristin!!



14 comments:

The Secret Hermit said...

It looks fantastic, I love all the textures, so yummy!!

Diane said...

A perfect ending to Kristin's event-what a great idea this was--an excellent orange piece.

Mandy said...

This is fantastic e...you know I am in awe of how ability to create these amazing Ye,tyres...and how wonderful to add photos ..its amazing as usual...xxx

Jenny said...

Oh WOW Esther... this is totally awesome... I just love the depth of the layers that you have created...
Such a fabulous piece...

and yes that texture is indeed very yummy...lol

Jenny x

sugar Creek said...

I really really love all that texture! Just beautiful!

Kristin said...

This is SO AWESOME! I am so inspired by all the texture and love that you used a photograph(s)! What a wonderful orange piece - thank you so much for sharing it with us and for all that you did to make the event so special - it has been a pleasure!! xoxo

laurel said...

Love it! So much yummy texture and I live how you utilized your photos for it.

JessiVille said...

E, Beautiful Koi! The texture and feeling of this painting is awesome - love it! Your photos you worked from are lovely. You are so creative!
Hugs, Jessi xox

manyslices said...

Such beautiful texture in your painting. Again, I am always in such awe of what you truly artistic people can create.
I love the chandelier shot...and yeah I did not know what it was.
And I am thrilled to see I successful jumped on the SSS photo train...typepad is a bit of a pain when it come to linking things and I am a bit of a moron figuring it out. Was not sure if I did it right.
But it should be fun.
Cheers,
Leah

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

This is so beautiful Esther! I love the textures in your painting! I think it's a little difficult to hide a koi fish, they have a specific coloring pattern to them that is easy to spot!
I love your chandelier!
Hugs and many blessings Esther.
Kelly

Lesley said...

This is just SOOOO gorgeous. I love your take on Orange and the background is just wonderful. A great piece.
x

Two Dog Pond said...

Amazing! This is my favorite so far... I want to come sit at your feet and watch you paint. Seriously Beautiful. Your Nutty Friend...

Sada said...

Sooooo striking!! This is amazing. I saw it briefly on your Facebook page, but now I'm getting the full effect! It's absolutely stunning work. Love this!!!
xo
Sada
Dressology HQ

Dena Wilton said...

Beautiful texture, great subject. Orange is my favourite colour.