A smack of jellyfish

redwork bird

As promised, here’s the finished redwork bird design from yesterday, done up as a mock kitchen journal cover using the font Asterism, and a woven fabric texture from Picmonkey, to sort of give me an idea of how it might look.

Also some very small (the size of a playing card) watercolors from this morning…just playing with ideas and stuff. I really wanted to jump-start  a big painting, but didn’t feel well…think I have picked up someone’s flu. It was bad enough to prevent me from heading in to work. So I consoled myself with these little things…they sort of serve as warm-up exercises for the large painting I had in mind; whether I use all the motifs or not is not important…what matters is that I’ve dumped my ideas somewhere for reference, and my mistakes on these teeny-tiny canvases will possibly save me from making the same ones on a larger scale in acrylics.

terrarium jelly

An idea that has been with me for a long time (too long!): a jellyfish that is also a terrarium. Because the two forms have always seemed to be crying out for each other, in my imagination.
There’s something very right about this combination.

muumuu jelly

A jellyfish like a pink silk muumuu with pleated ribbons.

crocheted jelly

Not happy with this one: Just. Too. Much.
Looks like the sort of horrible lampshade you sometimes come across at a Salvation Army shop. I like the tentacles, though.

beaded jelly

The Meh Jellyfish…every smack of jellyfish has to have one: kinda boring, lacks spark. That beaded curtain was a really lazy, unimaginative, clichéd way to finish what might have been an okay exumbrella. (That’s that outer, umbrella-looking part of the jellyfish. I looked it up just now.) Maybe if I transplanted the tentacles from the crocheted lamp jellyfish…

mangroves

One interpretation of mangroves.

Speaking of mangroves, check out my accidentally fabulous tomato plant, growing like nobody’s business in the middle of a mangrove creek! It sprouted from some kitchen scraps thrown onto a basil plant! Pretty soon it had ousted the withering basil and become the star plant on the F/V SonOfAGun.

sea tomatoes

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12 thoughts on “A smack of jellyfish

    1. ha ha, yeah, my thumb’s actually really green…Kris says that if i stuck a walking stick into the dirt it would start to sprout leaves…ironic that I live on a boat, then. Di ko malasahan ang basil 😦 pero hel-lo, ang sarap ng kamatis! Flavourful and sweet. Hot dang.

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    1. LOL I never saw that coming! Hanna likes it, too…I guess the reason I didn’t like it is that it would not work in the larger painting I am thinking of doing. On its own, as a jellyfish, it is pretty…and I shouldn’t be so dismissive of what I do, because I did do it, after all, so a part of me obviously thought it was a good idea. 🙂

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  1. I love how the bird journal cover turned out, such a beautiful idea. And I like all the jelly fishes too, but most of all the blue-purple one that you don’t like. It’s just awesome!

    I hope you get to paint soon again!

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    1. This is always happening to me! The ones I don’t like become everyone’s favorite…obviously, some part of me wants the doily jellyfish, or I wouldn’t have made it, but another part of me rejects it when it’s done. This might be a disagreement between my heart and my head LOL I think it is cute, but I am seeing it in the bigger painting and it just isn’t working there. It’s so mysterious, the things that I see when I look at it, and how I will never really know what you see when you look at the same painting…it’s rather wonderful, that we each live in a different world in our head, but communicate as though we lived in just one. 🙂

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