Fake Art For Sanity’s Sake

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Today I needed a sanity check. Life has changed so dramatically in the last few weeks that it has left my head spinning. I’m a born nester. I guess it’s my feminine side trying to assert itself. I can handle just about anything if I can get back to my nest every night. Get out to raise a ruckus and create chaos every day and then fly back to the nest and watch it on the news – that’s my idea of the proper life for a man.

Alas, ruckus raising and chaos creation aren’t high on my priority list now and I don’t have any time for those rolly-coaster rides. However, I do have a treasure trove of images and stories saved up. A huge part of it has never been seen before. For today, I chose a few of my favourites from past posts and gave myself the luxury of an hour to pretend to be an artist. It’s one thing that stimulates me without having to leave my temporary desk on a big, round table in front of the couch.

This one is called Buddy.  It is one of several images which I had reproduced in large format for sale. I did manage to sell most of them, but I decided to keep the original of this one, since I like it so much. It’s a Red and Black Anemonefish (Amphiprion melanopus):

I ran this one through the Photoshop grinder pretty thoroughly to get the nearly cartoon-like look. The fish is still the focal point, but the filter effects changed the Bulb Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor)  into a fantasy foreground.

You first saw these dolphins in Happy Accidents. I see magic in that original image every time I look at it and it seems all the more special because it was a snap shot taken in a one-second window of opportunity. These are the ones which tickle me – the ones that were gifts:

I decided to try to turn it into a rough watercolour.

Both of the following shots first appeared in The Aquarium in My Front Yard. I’ve put the original references for some of these into links so that you can compare the originals, if you are that hard-up for amusement.

This grumpy little critter is a Freckled Hawkfish (Paracirrhites fosteri):

My goal here was A Grumpy Clown,  you know, like Krusty the Clown on The Simpsons.  I think that my have nearly achieved it.

This one from the same post, of a trio of Anthea, I’m titling, Are You Talkin’ to US?

They also seem a little grumpy, though not so tough.

Of the lot, this one I like best. It took the most time to get it right. A click to enlarge it will be more rewarding.:

I’m calling it Refuge.  Maybe that has to do with my mood. It is an evening view across the harbour from our house in Madang. I don’t know when I will see it again.

Eunie is better now that she began taking the powerful anti-inflammatory which she mistakenly stopped the day after the ERCP. I am going to have to monitor her medications – yet another something which I’ve never had to do before.

I’m learning a lot of new stuff. None of which I ever wanted to know. If you’re going to win at poker, you have to learn to play the cards.

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6 Responses to “Fake Art For Sanity’s Sake”

  1. Sue Fletcher Says:

    Sadly, this “learning new stuff” we never wanted to know comes with years…makes me question at age 72 how many more I want. Have been spoiled to an exceptionally healthy body as well as loving family and friends.

  2. MadDog Says:

    Sue, I might feel different in twenty years – I’m 66 now – but, I’d say “grab as many as you can get.” A health body so far and good friends and life style should carry you through. Thanks for the comment.

  3. Sue Fletcher Says:

    Thanks for your encouragement, Jan. Sorry for the negative post yesterday. You’re doing great with all you have on your mind right now.
    You have so many gorgeous pics! Thanks for sharing!
    So glad to hear Eunice is doing better with anti-inflammatory meds.

  4. Ali Says:

    Gorgeous Post Jan.
    For a grumpy old bum, that Speckled Hawkfish has a devine set of eyelashes!
    I’m hoping you get a handful of “Aces” today ….and i’m betting big OK!!!

  5. MadDog Says:

    Sue, I certainly didn’t pick up anything negative in your post. I guess we are in much the same situation. Except for a personal scare in the 90s concerning my own health, neither of us has ever had serious issues. When one lives long and healty, I suppose one does get used to the idea that life is like that. It comes as a shock when it proves otherwise. How strangely our minds work!

  6. MadDog Says:

    Thanks, Ali. It was a pleasant diversion. I was wondering if anybody would notice the splendid eyelashes.

    A handful of Aces would be a treat tonight. It’s a strange feeling to know that something coming up in a few hours is going to determine what the rest of your life is going to be like.