Tuesday, December 30, 2008
See that surf? I feel sorry for our visitors who want to dive, it's too rough for me! I have other photos of this scene when it's at it's normal calm, but they're buried in my computer someplace.
I see that I have lots of visitors here, even with no promo on my part. I'm impatiently awaiting the mid-January seminar that'll get me moving with marketing. I'm thinking three small paintings a week, or more, and a Tuesday sale of reproductions, very inexpensive. The thought of trying to do the business end of selling paintings scares me to shivvers!
Thanks for stopping by!
Monday, December 29, 2008
A female can begin laying eggs at one year of age. They live fifteen years. A female is a full sized adult at three years old. They spawn thirty thousand eggs, every six weeks. And the babies mostly all live, they're a tough fish not prone to parasites or diseases.
In twenty years, they have spread from eleven (they're testing genetics)females off Miami all the way up the East Coast, Bermuda, down through the Bahamas, and on to the Virgins, and just recently they've been found in Belize. That's against the currents.
They are occasional cannibals, but that's it, they have no predators. Sharks won't eat them. One source says Coronet fish eat them, but Coronet fish usually stay in sea grass fields.
One scientist quipped that chefs ought to come up with tasty recipes, because any fish that tastes good is fished to oblivion. They do get to eighteen inches and three pounds. But they are difficult to handle because of how extremely poisonous their spine are, even several days after they're dead. No more monstrous invader could have been designed.
And recreational divers say, "Look! So pretty!". Yes, where they're from. Not in the Caribbean, please.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Lionfish were imported into Florida for years by the tens of thousands for the saltwater aquarium trade.
They have become established in the Atlantic and Caribbean since 1996, I think the year is. In only twelve years, they have spread from an original six fish(DNA tested) near Miami, Florida, up to Maine(summers) to Bermuda, all of the Bahamas, Little Cayman, east to the Virgin Islands, and the first one in Belize was reported a couple of weeks ago.
Lionfish are native to the Pacific. They have no predators in the Atlantic and Caribbean. They are multiplying and spreading at a mind boggling rate. They eat nearly constantly, and can consume another fish 2/3 their length. They also eat lobsters, crabs, and just about anything that moves. They grow to eighteen inches long, 45 centimeters, and live from shallow to much deeper than scuba diving limits. Their spines are extremely, dangerously venomous.
"They are decimating tropical reef fish populations. They are alien, and there is no way to be rid of them. They hunt by herding their prey with their huge pectoral fins. No fish in the Caribbean/Atlantic hunts this way. Our fish are defenseless.
"In studies on controlled plots, the OSU scientists determined that lionfish reduced young juvenile fish populations by 79 percent in only a five-week period. Many species were affected, including cardinalfish, parrotfish, damselfish and others. One large lionfish was observed consuming 20 small fish in a 30-minute period."
I guess I'm a coral reef historian.
I hate Lionfish.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Gadzooks. What am I thinking, other than I am as delighted as a child about my gups now that I've started taking photos of them, and I can SEE them, rather than by just quick glimpses. There are international clubs and expos about guppies, also. Maybe they'll be my cash cow for little easy paintings. Very colorful paintings! ha.
Haha, maybe a bad title, I might attract satanists or wierdos. They're just little fish! I'm trying to think of another name for that blog before I get too far into it. Gee, I might be a sensation in the World of Guppy Enthusiasts!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
I was dreaming about being on boats, and being around boats. In a bay, surrounded by spruce trees. (changes?) All the men were struggling with rusty anchors. I was watching. Then, I turned my head and saw--- a wonderful, huge, ancient anchor half out of the mud. My anchor. It would hold nearly any boat or even a ship, secure. I went to it, and pulled on a fluke, and it moved easily for me. I touched the shank, and it was solid, and easy. Like new.
I believe, right now, that my artwork, and this blog, is my anchor, keeping me safe. The energy comes from an ancient source. That may sound crazy, but it's true.
I cannot draw that anchor I saw-- see --clearly from that dream, but I know it is there for me.
Thankyou, Lord, I have been so very fearful of late.
And thank you, dear visitor, for checking my poor blog. My life is an explosion in a spaghetti factory, but I will settle soon, and begin painting ---a LOT.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
A sketch. Of what?? And what needs correcting?
I thought about creating a free online coloring book about the coral reef, and all the critters and stuff. Y'know what I mean, like, wow, man. (lol) I'm still considering it. There' so much ignorance of what's there, and how it lives.
I might still do that. For adults, as well as kids. Children.
OK things to do...
Thanks for stopping by my slowww blog.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Poor boy, he was stunned, and never really replied, couldn't, and although we could have had many interesting converations, we didn't. "----man! Like ----!y'know-what-I-mean?
Winter has begun early this year, with two Canadian, blame it on someone!, cold fronts bringing rough seas all the way here, one thousand miles southeast of Miami.
In the meantime, I'm running around taking photos of caterpillars and butterflies!! Gadzooks, they're beautiful!
But I miss my fishies, critters, and corals.
OK, worn out for now. Thanks for visiting me!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I'm stumbling along slowly here, not diving because it is too rough, from cold front from Canada or someplace. Big surf, murky water.
Here are a couple of photos for you.
The fishie is a Creole Wrass, and, yes, he's standing on his head. If you look closely, there's a little black and white fish along the middle of the Wrass''s back.
The first fish picture I posted here has a ?? another cleaner fish, the black and white striped little guy. Sorry about no name, they all run together, sometimes.
OK, soon to get going again on this, my dear blog. Thanks for looking in!
Friday, November 21, 2008
I named this coral "Bad Hair" All those things sticking up are Rope Sponges. The little bushy things in the sand on the left are corals---animals, not plants. More on them in another post.
The two star corals have different kind of algae that give them their, in this case, pink or orange/rust colors. The rust colored coral is feeding a little, the polyps semi-open.
OK, thanks for stopping by!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Wowee, what's happened to me? Am in the process of moving to the new old fixer upper house I bought. I just don't have any energy. One or two carloads a day. I'm getting very bored with not painting, it'll return soon. OK, sorry I don't have anything interesting for you this post. I'll feel guilty and come up with something better!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The brightest colors one sees on the reef, here in the Caribbean, are the colors of the fish. Perhaps they're basically a little silvery under the reds and yellows, so they reflect more light? If you dive deep, a red sponge looks black, but a red fish still looks red. That's a Blue Head Wrass.
I need to go back here and see what's off in the distance, a whole two hundred feet beyond here. Not just a blue void! Snapper back there running away from me, believing I could have a speargun. Fish behave much differently in places where there's no spearing allowed.
But the dive shop still doen't have electricity after the hurricane, and my tanks are empty. Boo. Maybe I can find one to rent--- And I'm back online at home with my computer full of photos, so at least I can post some underwater images of some kind for you.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
If you squint real hard, you can see the Sea miles away. The unimproved road requires a 4WD. Waaaaa, I'd rather be painting, why'd I get myself into a remodelling job??? I wish I had a million dollars for a waterfront place, or more like a million five. Cheap here, compared to the other Virgins.
"Worry Painting" 10x8 inches, 22x25 cm, oil on canvas
Been watching my stock portfolio too closely lately. And reading a doom book about how the Arabs are running out of oil. I am too far from friends and only have one brother. Owell, here is for painting, not groaning, and not for my astract paintings, either. Just bought a house that's going to be a pain, needs a LOT of work! Everyone I tell is so happy for me. I'm not fearful, what is the word? Strange weather coming in this morning. Ah! But I HAVE been painting, just not in a disciplined way. Sure wish I could hear music. Poor poor me! I'll delete this post in a week or so...
Thanks for being a shoulder for me to cry on.
Friday, October 3, 2008
The painting is shiney acrylic, and is supposed to be a little plant in a pot close up, with a stone arch holding a bell in the background. We were painting around the grounds of one of the old sugar etates here on the Island, very charming places, with lots of old stonework and huge old trees. I do this for comic relief from the extreme realism of coral paintings.
Something coral tomorrow or the next day. I need to work on this blog, add some features, and post more often!!! Thanks for stopping by!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Many sources say that coral polyps hide down in little holes. That couldn't be more wrong. Polyps are so soft-bodied it's hard to imagine. Their skeleton is formed underneath them, like people have bones inside them. And coral skeletons are sharp as razors. The lightest human touch pushes coral's flesh into their skeleton, causing much harm.
Polyps grow from one single baby polyp that, once old enough, "buds" little polyps on their edge. Sort of like how one little bit of grass spreads. They are always connected like a rug, and they share food and bodily fluids. This 'rug' of polyps lives covering the hard white part of the coral that you find for sale in some stores, ugh. Skeletons as ornaments?
Here are the same polyps, ten weeks later. They're making babies, clones if you will. And some have their tentacles extended, waiting to catch passing food. The bare skeletons have been overgrown by algae.
The polyps are a little pale because the sea was too warm when the photo was taken.
Thanks for stopping by, time to go for a dive and see what I can find...
Friday, September 5, 2008
These fish, Black Durgons, have a striking white line at the base of their dorsal fin. The way they swim, going through the water looking for bits of floating things to eat, they undulate their dorsal and anal (top and bottom) fins to move through the sea. As they slowly swim, they lean over on one side, and then the other. Dancers, they are. They usually stay up in the water column, high over the reef. But I guess on this day, here is where they found their prey, tiny jellyfish? I don't know what they eat.
At night, they sleep down in crevasses and cubbyholes in the reef.
I'll get back to painting soon. Thank you for stopping by.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
I read that I should have a logo. That'd be easy, as soon as I go back through my hunderds of paper photos and find that one of that fish... Back when I had a film camera, I was on a dive seeking one sort of sponge to photograph. I noticed a fish that seemed to be following me, a Grey Snapper. I'd poke along for a few minutes, look back, and there was the fish, a few feet behind me. After a half hour or so, the fish was still there. "Oh, OK," I thought-said to him, "I'll take your picture." I focussed and clicked, and the fish, I swear, seemed to smile, then turned and slowly swam away. I just wish my old film photos were sharper focus and brighter and nearly as good as my digitals.
I got started this blog because I discovered the 'daily painting' movement. I actually thought I could paint a small image of a fish every day, or one coral or one scene. I still have over two hundred little canvasses sitting there, "We're waiting!" Ha.
And now, reading another blog, (http://blog.lisacall.com/2008/08/scrum-training.html) written by a fabric artist, I discover this word SCRUM which has to do with finishing small projects that are components of larger projects, a way of working started by software people who have to really be productive on the leading edge of their profession. I cannot imagine the energy in a small software developing company! One important part is to test and finish each bit then move on. I'll have to begin using that thinking. The only half finished projects that are OK are my garden plants that take their time growing!
And ACEO, Artist's Cards, Editions and Originals. Strictly 2.5x3.5 inches, oh, what's that in cm? I'm teaching myself Metric. So that's, haha!, 6.35x8.89cm. ACEO's are supposed to be for trading, like Baseball Cards.
And no bloglist on the side of this blog. So much to do and learn!
I am determined to finish another painting today, one of the unfinished ones, and also to see about getting some blank cards, 6.35x8.89cm. Ha! funny numbers.
Thanks for stopping by!
Friday, August 22, 2008
This is my second ever Acrylic painting, using the little red bag in another post below. Acrylic paint dries SO fast, but not --- something. Tonight it's still sticky and ? vulnerable. Should be cured tomorrow, we'll see.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Funny, the big art supply companies have "portable" gear, but it's all awkward and a pest to use. With this, as with my oils-in-a-box, (in an earlier post, scroll down) I have made my gear much more simple and easier to use and control.
I'm wondering if, once I become accustomed to the fast drying acrylics, if I'll give up the slow drying, complicated, poisonous oils? Maybe, although I'm such a romantic.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
This sketch is a "Do Not Touch'' sponge. They're velvety brown, can get as large as a horse, and if you touch, you'll get stung, perhaps severely. Hence the name, which is a direct translation from the Latin, or scientific name, N. nolitangere. I would never call them harmful because the human has to blunder into the sponge. The sponge just sits there, never moving.
I'm wrestling with the idea of selling vs. not selling my little paintings. I'm quite fond of them. In the past, someone bought a nice painting I'd done, and later threw it out in the trash. That hurts.