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Axolotl – the water monster

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     Axolotl means water monster among the Nahuatl tribeIt is possible to find this animal in the floating gardens of Xochimilco,a borough within Mexico City.  However, there arefewer specimens that actually exist in the wild. Most water monsters now live in aquariums throughout the world. I is often called a salamander. They are usually 20 to 30 cm. long.

The most striking thing about the axootl is not only its appearance and the variety of colors it comes in, but the fact that it is able to regenerate its own cellular tissues.  It can change its own colors. Due to water contamination and the use of this animal for medicinal purposes, there has been a huge decrease in its specimen count. It is almost extinct.

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fantasy illustration, landscapes of imagination, Nature, sci fi, storytelling art

World Exodus, Follow the Sun

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Another landscape of imagination came to me in a dream.  Imagine our world with no vegetation, no animals, no warmth from the sun.

The last vestiges of people march in robotic style towards a white sun, orange sky with tiny bright distant stars.

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Golden Sun, landscapes of imagination

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It is giving me a great piece of mind to paint strictly from my imagination. I am not sure why it is a healing and soothing activity, but I am enjoying it.  I adore this watercolor paint for its intensity and versatility.  It is pretty magical and powerful color.  the red lines are a red permanent ink done with a speedball nib.gold-quin-wc

animals, Illustrations, Nature

Yellow Koi Green Waters

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I’m painting more fish these days.  These koi are imaginary and don’t hold true as anatomically correct.  That is another reason they are a respite from “correct” drawing and are like a little vacation for me.   Koi are valuable and bred for their size and beauty.  How wonderful is that?  I am having fun with this so I’ll let it be.  The original will have some gold leaf to sparkle it up a little.  That is the next stage so for now, this will do.  I will try to remember to post the embellished version when complete.

I used a fine black marker and a fine white ink over the darks to enhance the patterns.  I love painting the deep water with transparent watercolors and tried to use motion and several thin layers to give a feeling of depth.

Here is a print on textile.

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Miniature Landscapes of Imagination

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I have been pining for arches cold press paper since I used all of my supplies up since I’ve been in Mexico.  I scored a lovely small landscape pad and this is the first painting done with it.  It’s a dreamy landscape with a subtle pale palette.

This size is certainly small at 4×10 inches but it does put one in a mood to let your imagination soar and it makes me stop and think.  At least that is what it is doing for me. I hope to do more like this.  The size reminds me of handling delicate lace.  That is the mood it inspires.  My keyboard is also small.  I guess that makes everything relative.

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With the magic of digital helpers, here is the image on paper, metal and fabric.