Tropical Fish Ocean Pattern

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...

Nautical Ocean Tropical Fish Pattern by Susie Batsford

The Beauty of Our Oceans

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.  

Tropical Fish Nautical Ocean Underwater Scene by Susie Batsford

Under The Sea

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!

Crab Under the Sea Mixed Media Susie Batsford