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Happiness for the Ones That Got Away Mixed Media Tropical Waters with Fish

I had this "Happiness" and Chinese letters stenciled and watercolored page sitting to the side on top of the rolling cart for a while.  A while being at least one month, probably more.  I didn't like most of the coloring, and the word/letters staring at me just left me stymied and too stubborn to paint over it so as to satisfy my "waste not" gene to save the paper.  Hah!

When the Creative Challenge, "Patterns"  came my way last Monday, it just hit me,  this wasn't about My Happiness, it was for someone else.  Immediately I saw the fish with patterned skin and scales, the aquatic plants, pearls, sea creatures, etc.  Their happiness is escaping the baited hook and the now broken net.  Aquariums, I don't have one, but just to look at them seem to ease the stress away.  The real ocean waves, ebbing and crashing are more therapeutic for me, but I'm happy to have this finished and Saved the Fish!  Size is 9 x 11 inches.

Everyone welcome to participate in the challenge, to see others click the above link.  It's not so easy to capture happiness by net.

9 comments :

Magic Love Crow said...

WOw, you did a great job! That's a large painting! I love the fish, actually I love the entire painting! It's happy ;o)

Tracey Fletcher King said...

It looks as though you had a great time with this one!!! I love it when it all comes together like that and you can revisit and reuse things that you have kept. xx

Kat W said...

Great colours, textures & patterns. Beautiful, happy entry for this week's IA theme.

Kat :-)

Terrie said...

What a creative interpretation of pattern! I love your story and the idea of showing happy fish. Very nice painting!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This is truly a great pattern entry because Happiness saved the fish! Lovely finished art entry.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Beautiful piece--I love all the dimension you created along with the patterns!

priti.lisa said...

What a cool painting...all good things take their good old time, I guess!

Additionsstyle said...

Wonderful colors and textures in your painting. It makes me happy to look at it.
Valerie
Everyday Inspired

New End Studio said...

Aww you guys are making me teary eyed and this was about happiness...thanks for all the wonderful comments, glad it gave you a happy moment, too.