Daily Art- Substance Love

Full painting

full painting from an angle so you can see the transparent redness of the water and the wonderful green lotus pads.
Close up on the golden lotus (that’s washed out in this picture) it is really very deep golden yellow, and the fish is a tan-ish color, not yellow
‘Substance Love’
36″ x 24″
ready to hang
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Here is the quote that is inspiring it:
When oxygen and hydrogen find one another, their joining produces fiery passion. Out of this fire, water is born. Quaint Victorian chemistry gives us an image of one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms in a fixed molecule that bounces around from place to place. The reality of water is not so orderly. The hydrogen atoms are not owned by any particular oxygen atom. Water is a substance very much in love with itself, and the atoms connect in webs and clusters where oxygen shares around the hydrogen atoms freely, a fluid situation indeed. ~Ian D. Anderson


The water is the richest red I have ever been able to achieve in a painting, so that pleases me to no freaking end. The pictures are weird because of the light here today. I wanted to capture the two beautiful butterfly koi at the waters edge during a brilliant blazing red summer sunset. The rays of the diminishing sun turning the shallows into a ruby red stream bed for just that moment. The fish were so much fun to paint, and I want to show them at play. The water is really layers of color so it’s see through, you can see the fishes fins and the movement of the water as they swish along. I know water isn’t supposed to be red, but it’s my world and I liked the idea of a red tinted water world for my frolicking fish.
I hope you all have day filled with imagination and the power to do something with it.
Love to all,
Heather McSmiley Pants
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  1. Kathy Holmes
    September 27, 2007

    Love the color!!!

  2. Cynthia
    September 27, 2007

    The red is one of my faves…and the finished painting looks great. I like that you finished it on your birthday too.

  3. HMBT
    September 28, 2007

    Thanks Kathy and Cynthia…I appreciate it. The red is really deep and has a rich violet cast…I really love it. I think I have figured out light in water…cool beans!

  4. dinahmow
    September 30, 2007

    Finally…your comments page has loaded!I tried to wish you a happy day and say that I love this koi picture, but I couldn’t “get in” Anyway, hope the day was fun.

  5. HMBT
    October 1, 2007

    Thank you dinahmow! My comments were not working?! Darn Blogger! I had a great day, thanks for the feedback! I hope you’ll come back round these parts real soon. *grins*

  6. San
    April 30, 2008

    Dazzling homage to the flowing, in-love-with-Itself chemistry of Life.

    And did I read you’ve had a birthday? Well, in that case, I hope you blew your fiery candles right into the element of wish-granting air!

  7. Kalliope Amorphous
    May 2, 2008

    This is incredibly beautiful. The red is just….WOW.
    Have a beautiful weekend!


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