April 3, 2011
goldfish watercolor painting by NH artist michelle christina

Goldfish in water[color]. Not sure if this is finished yet. Process photos after the jump.

goldfish watercolor painting technique by michelle christinaSketches and first paint strokes.

goldfish watercolor painting technique by michelle christinaMore in process shots. Looks weird without the eyeball, eh?

goldfish watercolor painting by michelle christinaWork table and tools. The water in this piece was created by dropping alcohol and salt onto the wet paint. I only had sea salt that was super coarse, sort of like pretzel salt, when I made this – I wasn’t sure about using it, but the effect is kind of interest.


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  • Reply Michelle April 8, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    You’re so talented, I wish I could paint like you. I might have to hire you for some wall art when I move to NH next summer to make Z’s room extra special. PS thanks for doing Sean’s header image it looks soo good!

  • Reply Stacie April 15, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Thank you for sharing some of your process…I just opened up my box of watercolors and started painting with this last weekend…I am really going to give it a go!! Beautiful work!

  • Reply Carole March 11, 2012 at 3:53 AM

    Lovely! Thanks for sharing the tip re the salt and alcohol

  • Reply Julia March 8, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    The effect you created here is simply beautiful! I am doing a painting for my ‘under the sea’ themed nursery and I would really like to try this. I am wondering what kind of paint did you use? Was it regular ole water color paint?

  • Reply Christie May 5, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Hi Michelle! This is so pretty! You inspired me and I painted one too! Thank you for sharing your process! I love your art and your website!!!

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