|5" x 7" Watercolor on 140 lb Fabriano Artistico extra white hot press paper|
This watercolor painting is based upon a photograph by Edwina Jill Mordasky, affectionately known by all those who love her in the online world (including me) as Winna. Her photo is here, and it so utterly captivated me that I immediately wanted to paint it. Winna graciously gave me permission.
Her photo is an object of beauty I think. Maybe it is all of those wonderful negative shapes, the brightness, the color that attracted me - but that would be trying to put a rational analysis to my innate reaction.
Thinking about it, maybe it is just the teapot and the fish. Possible reasons:
1. I drink tea. (But I don't fish.) But I eat fish.
2. Maybe it's a memory from my childhood, and Dr. Seuss:
"You SHOULD NOT be here
When our mother is not.
You get out of this house!"
Said the fish in the pot.
Then again, this is a wooden fish - it must be, right?
3. Maybe it is nostalgia. When my wife and I were engaged she was responsibly selecting items for the bridal registry - silverware, china. I insisted on only one thing, a foot-long wooden fish. My brother bought me that fish for my wedding. He painted its lips bright red. I was delighted. Needless to say the fish was never displayed in my house. That my wife could control. The fishlips were wiped clean and it was at my in-laws for a while. I don't know what happened after that. Maybe it just swam away..
For a watercolorist, I am a closet oil painter I think. Watercolorists refer to "overworking", but often when I look at their work, I can't fathom what they mean. Other watercolorists brag that they use hundreds of layers and still keep things light. I've created a rather heavy look for a watercolor I guess. I insist, though, that this piece is not overworked. Underpaid, perhaps.
So thank you Winna, thank you fish. Thank you teapot in a dish.
OK, there is no dish.
So much for analysis.