Tuesday, January 5, 2016

It's a Little Fishy

Welcome to the 2016 edition of the Two by Two by Tuesday art challenge! Truly, we don't want to think of this as challenging at all, just get the grey matter flowing so the creative powers can take over. The only REAL challenge is to squeeze all of that into a two by two inch space (or roughly 25 square centimeters if the memory of metric conversion serves us properly).

Any medium will do.

We try to do a little research first and are always amazed at what we find and where the artists take the themes.

The first creative word of the new year is "goldfish." Goldfish are associated with the Persian New Year, a celebration called, "Nowruz." Nowruz falls at the spring equinox, so it's still two months away. The traditional table would be set with a glass fish bowl to symbolize "life within life."

A plain bowl of water is considered unhealthy, so some plants for oxygen and snails for doing some cleaning up would make a good environment for a goldfish. Goldfish come in many varieties and can survive outside in ponds, too. Not too hot, not too cold.

From Wikipedia
Related to goldfish are koi, which you may have seen, if only in a painting.

Then, there are these:


And who could forget this:

Or this:
Arabian Dance
Walt Disney, 1940
But there always has to be something new and different, so we found a band out of South Africa:

Won't you join us for some twinchie fun? Grab some art goodies and show us your "goldfish."
Send images of your work to:
1xeritas@gmail.com by 2PM Tuesday, January 12, 2016 along with blog links or notes and we'll post them later that day.

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