View Full Version : Sonata for a Floating Goldfish

08-11-2010, 02:57 PM
The rain was horendous. I jumped out of my car with the umbrella in tow. Ran to the doorsteps as fast as i could and still got soaked. When i got inside i was startled by Helios, my pet goldfish. He had got out of his bowl again and swelled up to the size of a beach ball. Thunder and lightning will do that to any good fish. He bounced around the kitchen and into the living room. I had to act quickly, who knows how long he's been holding his breath.

I tried to remember what i did last time in this awkward situation. Then it hit me, i ran upstairs to my bedroom closet and grabbed my cherry wood stained cello. I sat in my favorite chair in the middle of the room and Helios slowly floated towards me. Classical strings was always a favorite of his.
I thought one of Chopin's gentler compositions would do the trick. He stared at me with those big bulbous eye's and his Louie Armstrong puffy face.

Under the spell of my playing, my sun speckled friend flipped and flopped in the air and eventually shrank down to his normal size. Positioning himself over his fishbowl, he plopped down inside into the cool water and swam back into his castle for a good nights sleep.

Amazingly enough, not one drop of Gloop was used in this piece.

It's mostly oil brush, watercolor mix and blender with the ink pen for the line work. Had a great deal of fun with this one.

Enjoy :)


Judith Tramayne
08-11-2010, 04:10 PM
This is absolutely precious! I so love the stories you tell with your paintings.

08-11-2010, 07:06 PM
good story good drawing good painting my regards and to Helios

08-11-2010, 07:24 PM
I love the story and the whimsical nature of this picture. Love it!

08-12-2010, 12:02 AM
Wow, what a story and what a gold fish. He deserves to live forever!:)

08-12-2010, 12:19 AM
I think this is wonderful like an obscure dream. I particularly like the rich colours and ink work of Helios and the background to the cellist. I find this quite inspiring. Thank you. :)

08-12-2010, 12:36 AM
Lovely painting, lovely story.

08-12-2010, 12:40 AM
Totally cool:)

08-12-2010, 01:45 AM
Awesome Mike, love it!!!!

08-12-2010, 03:18 AM
Beautiful work Mike, love it, that fish is great;););)

08-12-2010, 03:33 AM
Haha, that is superb, my brain did a little visual movie of that. Both the illustration and the story. You have a wild imagination...looking forward to the next bit. :D

08-12-2010, 05:17 AM
I love this one Mike. Besides it being beautifully drawn and painted such a great story too. Love it:)

02-18-2011, 09:36 PM
i am your big fan!

02-18-2011, 09:39 PM
Superb Picaso. I share everyone's enthusiasm. :):):)

02-18-2011, 11:41 PM
I love so much this image and how You composed and unified it into a very interesting artpiece!

02-19-2011, 12:38 AM
Absolutely brilliant I love the story that goes with this to:):)

J Witt
02-19-2011, 06:28 AM
I love it!

02-19-2011, 07:07 AM
It's such a poetic story, and a beautiful painting!Bravo!

Mike Martin
02-20-2011, 04:42 AM
Love the line work in the goldfish! Good attention to detail. (Glad Helios avoided a "burial at sea" FLUSH! :D)

02-20-2011, 05:25 AM
This is extraordinary. One your eyes are just drawn to, to look at again and again.

02-20-2011, 06:42 PM
Excellent illustration work Mike. A gorgeous little piece for sure.

L Skylar Brown
02-20-2011, 09:05 PM
This is Wonderful and Magical story weaving to put those two disparate images together into a coherent narrative.

02-20-2011, 10:21 PM