There's something rather soporific about the sound of rain outside your window, especially when it's so welcome after all the dry heat we've been having. I have definitely got watery themes on the brain still and am excited with ideas on what to paint next in my ocean collection. Although, I also have other projects steadily gathering which I must give some attention to. So for now, here's a little pattern of my tropical fish...
Gradually I'm developing a body of work around life in our oceans. My hope is that in some small way, my paintings illustrating the beauty of our marine life, may cause us to pause and think of the irreversible impact pollution, climate change, and over fishing are having. By changing our habits even slightly, each one of us can make a difference.
I've been getting a little bit carried away with my underwater themes of late... perhaps it's all this hot weather we're having! I've just been taking a class with Stephanie Fizer Coleman over on Atly on Texture and Pattern in Photoshop. It's opened a whole new world of texture in my illustrations and in this piece I've been trying to incorporate some of what I've learned. I really like the depth that the textures add to my layers when I'm digitally collaging hand rendered pieces. In the meantime, my workload is piling up while I've been getting so absorbed and I've really got to get back to finishing that mermaid journal!
My big goal for this year is to really work hard on developing a strong portfolio. When the opportunity to sign up for the highly regarded Folio Focus class presented itself to me, I naturally decided to jump in. The first assignment was to design a notebook cover around the theme 'Nautical'. Honestly, this is such a great theme, once you start thinking about it, there is so much potential and I really could just keep on going. But, time is not on my side right now as I have other work to be getting on with too. So here is my mermaid and her fishy friends!