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Untitled I by SeaFairy Untitled I by SeaFairy

on & off: maybe 4 1/2 hours
medium: Acryllics
Size: DIN A3

details >> development >> here!.

Thanks for the DD and interpretations everyone, very very interesting already, much appreciated! :butterflytwo: :community::hug:

Okay, obviously it is my period of trying out new things. I need to do so because I am not feeling well, and it is some mixture of expressing it and sometimes distracting myself from it.

This is one of 5(?) first acryllic paintings "ever" and I started drawing with paint last week on monday, I think. And I am astound at how fast I learned to paint (well, or at least to get familiar with it. This was my fourth day and the fourth painting.

I chose not to give it a title to not distract from it's content and to leave room for interpretation.
Please share your interpretations of this piece, it would be most interesting for me to get some kind of analysis of this Thanks so much already.

-Lia S.
PS: The colors and contrast are quite bad, I took a photo of it and the paper was a little bowed and waves were in please don't flame me for that.
Thanks so much.
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Given 2004-03-16
Untitled I by *seafairy The cleverly twisted composition puts this into a sarcastic situation. ( Suggested by spot and Featured by yathosho )
JTierra1988 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2006
Ah I think its more like the fishbowl, except for humans; being windows. The human feels like they're kinda on the outside looking in where there's not all right. Almost like the human is disgusted with the fish.
Petra- Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2006  Hobbyist Artist
Not only is the piece stunning, but it seems to contain very personal feelings of yours. this piece made me tingle inside, i have no idea why. keep up the great work :aww:
psychovoodoodoll Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2005
like very much the way u paint :)
kittiecatgurl Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
born of the sea, peering through an open window, reflection of shades of yourself, feeling connected though detached, to something that should not be, floating backwards, upside-down to a place where no one is quite sure what to make of all of this...
tigran85 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
This should be a print
melocopter Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
There are some very nice things going on in this painting. One thing I like about your photography is that you have highly developed compositional sensibilities, and it's nice to see that they carry over into your painting. The red/green colors repeated in the carpet, fish, and girl work out really well. The fish and water are quite nicely observed and rendered. Some things like the bottom of the couch being flush with the bottom of the wall tend to flatten it out a bit. More color wouldn't hurt the walls or couch either. Conceptually I think it works well on a subconcious level. It leaves room for interpretation, which I think is what you were after. Water for me has always had sexual connotations, and fish symbolize Christianity, so maybe this deals with conflict involving these two issues. It's unclear whether the girl is in a window or coming out of a painting. I would like it more if this was more clear. It's an awesome painting, though. Definitely worthy of DD.
SeaFairy Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2004
Hmmm...this makes me want to take out my brushes again and overwork it, thanks for that. Yes, maybe it seems flat then. I also like how you interpreted various parts.
Thank you so very much for your time, it is greatly appreciated. I am glad to get critism from someone with your knowledge and experience in this genre.
Thank you.

-Lia S.
kramer989 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2004
i love that

sooo neat. nice!
lets-go-to-bed Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2004
could the interpretation of this piece be that the reality of the "real world" in its origonal state (represented by nature in the fish) is thrust upon the viewer in their "safe" hapitat of the couch. i.e. could this be a metiphor for reality tv or something like the news? the woman at the top could be the forgotten object i.e. when the focus is on the TV, noone in the room cares about the viewer, just what is views. However the link between the fallen fish and the woman shows the irony there because the people are watching "reality" on TV while it is in the room with them!

thats just what i thought when i saw it anyway :-)
SeaFairy Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2004
You are being too kind to take your time to analyse it, to order your thoughts and write them down for everyone and me to enjoy and experience, thanks so much :hug: Read it with great interest!
lets-go-to-bed Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2004
dont mension it! it was a great piece! :-)
psychodela Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2004
I think I like it.
shutterfaery Featured By Owner May 31, 2004
I knew this was one of the paintings you were talking about when you left that comment on your page, I remember it from your gallery. As for the other two "Embrace the Fish" and "Feeling Good" I couldn't find them in your gallery...:sadangel: You know I'm probably doing something wrote...But I DID look. Are they paintings 'cause I also did one of those advanced searches and only this piece came up....If I'm just being dense and stupid, just point me in the right direction of where they might be. :blush:

As for "Untitled 1" You should be very proud. This is an amazing work, especially for one of your first ever acryllic pieces. I find painting to be one of the hardest mediums of art.

On to my interpretation of the painting. Well, immedately "self portrait" popped into my mind when I first saw this. I've only known you and your artwork for a few days, but from observing your words, artwork, and other tid-bits of information that you give about your personal and physical self. Obviously with the long, flowing, red hair you'd be the woman crouched in the upper corner of what appears to be a window or maybe even another painting. But, I think this is the kind of self-portrait piece where you show two sides...two stories about yourself in a physical way. Are you the fish too? Out of water...out of place? Struggling through a time, a place, a situation that just isn't right. You could almost flip this piece around and the kneeling human version of yourself could be on bottom and the fish on top.

I also noticed you have the girl (or you) clutching the frame of the window with one hand. Perhaps...on one hand you know that you're the "fish out of water" struggling through a very uncomfortable and wrong don't belong there. But, accepting that is harder than one might think...the girl clutches the window and doesn't let herself embrace or join the fish because she's afraid...fear of losing her strong grip on a steady frame perhaps? But deep in her heart...she knows she's the dying fish without any sea to belong to.

I hope you liked my interpretation...I could probably go on actually. I get so much from this's full of such meaning and I'm sure the only person that could wholey unlock it's secret meaning would be the artist herself. :heart:
SeaFairy Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2004
I feel bad for not having replied earlier.
I feel bad for not being able to thank you enough for your time, thoughts, views and especially for sharing all that. It is sovery much appreciated. Yes, of course I enjoyed it, it is a very interesting way to see it. Helps me see more in my image. Thanks so very very much for your time, dear, really, and please don't be angry, I am just so highly stressed and busy, but be sure, I read every word and always will :hug: :heart:

-Lia S.
shutterfaery Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2004
Oh no sweetie. Don't feel bad! And I'm definitely not angry at all, I know how things life goes and it can get pretty hectic and stressful. Sorry to hear that you're stressed though, hope you feel better soon. :heart: And I'm glad you enjoyed reading my interpretion because I had fun writting it! Take care Lia. :smooch:

shutterfaery Featured By Owner May 31, 2004
By the way...I didn't read any other comments before I submitted my interpretation so if I've repeated points already made. So sorry.
nicodeema Featured By Owner May 31, 2004
thank you for inspiring me...I had always been a painter, but recently I just havn't been able to do it anymore and was moving in the direction of photography, even though I knew that's not all that I wanted to do..

the fact that you always did photography and just started up painting and came out with something like this is so amazing that I want to do it again now too =)
luana Featured By Owner May 28, 2004
wow.. surreality :heart:
deadidentity Featured By Owner May 17, 2004  Student
i like it
tigran85 Featured By Owner May 12, 2004
looks like you were born with an experienced hand :)
Lodemaei Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2004  Student
I heard once i should be deceiving but this piece makes me realize such a world is conceivable... love it so much...
rydka Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2004   Photographer
The painting reminds me of the times when my creativity stagnates or is in upheaval.

Perhaps it is because of the fish struggling out of the water, or the upside-down woman; or perhaps it is just the effects of the couch. ;-)

I think it's great that you share other forms of artwork as well.
kenman Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2004
I'm impressed, Ms. SeaFairy, this is very nice for a beginner. You sure you didn't at least finger-paint earlier in life? :)

What I'm seeing is this: the fish is you, Lia, vibrant and larger-than-life, yet feeling like a fish out-of-water since you're painting and not photographing. Nonetheless, you find yourself in the same comfortable spot (symbolized by the cozy chair) due to your ability to adapt to the new medium.

The girl in the window is also you Lia, though you might feel you are betraying yourself (or your audience) by painting, and thus the reason we can't see your face. While painting this, you might also have had to disassociate your present self from your normal self as the skills required are different. This disassociation could also lead to the unnatural aura hinted at by the skin color and the forces acting on your hair. Interesting hand-gesture you have there as well, as if to offer a greeting to a small animal, or possibly reaching out for something that may be just beyond reach or fleeting.

Ugh, that got deep 8)
SeaFairy Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2004
lol thanks so very much for your thoughts, greatly appreciated mr kenman ;) :butterflytwo: :hug:

-Lia S.
chris16 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2004
Wow i have no idea how you do it...but it looks GREAT!
I really wish i had talent with acrylics, keep it up :thumbsup:
thefallofme Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2004   Photographer
i dont know what it is called, but to expand with acryillcs there is a type of oil made to change the texture and make it a little bit more like oil, the final look. forgot what it is exactly, but i guess you could ask your art store.
Raquelinha Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2004
awesome colors! it's a strange picture..i love it, good work, i'll be watching your gallery. :D
Ebonessa Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2004
In dreams, a fish is usually bad luck, red is the colour of closeness and revert situations (ex. gravity) shows the wish for/the force of radical change of any kind. It is confusing, it shows two species out of their usual environment, and neither one seems happy about it. I hope I helped... I like it anyway!
CHRIIIZ Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2004
Limado !!!
i love it !!!

croonspoon Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2004
I can´t tell you how much this is a beautiful painting...the red hair is very bright and alive...i think that this image makes me feel kinda sad, its not a cheerfull subject, but one that makes me stop and think a little...but that means that it can tell a story, just by looking at it some seconds, the first ones... I like it a lot, specially the girl, the dress, the lights, everything is awsome!!!

congratulations =)

(oh yeah, i remember my late goldenfish - Max)

croonspoon AKA lekker!!
SusyF Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2004
It´s an amazing painting!! Looks as if everything is out of order, as if she/you doesn´t know where to belong... :clap:
bonfield99 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2004
There has been a power struggle and the fish has won...

You are head and shoulders above...believe me
Confiteor Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2004
i want to add to all this flattering comments, a few words about technical side of this painting...
composition - this fish tail, too strong atract our attention on the left side. in result - the right side of painting is totaly empty and has too much free space. a idea of placing predominant elements (girl, sofa, fish) in the middle is ok. but in that case, you should make more free space also on the left side.
colours - i understand this is your fourth painting. the colours you have used are good. but i have a little advice. next time try to build elements like light and shadow with many of colours. now you are building light with white paint, and shadow with dark paint.
i know this will be difficult...

in the end - i like the idea of this painting - mysterious and surrealistic.

good luck. i wish you many agreeable experiences in the world of paint
take care

sorry for my broken english
plastic-toy Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2004
this is so interesting. my interpretation.... um, i think of drowning when i see it... the girl on the roof, the fish in the chair. it's kind of upside down. and it's just so bizarre, so it's like disorder. melancholy. the girl's head down makes it even more so- it's like she can't look at anything directly, like she's hiding. well, lol. not much of an interpretation, but yeah.

i just love this. i find it wonderfully, strangely beautiful. great work.

JoBeeOne Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2004  Professional Artist
Well - it seems your artist's meloncholy has been driving you lately - I like the surreal nature of this piece - it may be time for a change in your personal life but you are so busy all the time it would be difficult to identify what it is you want to change. That is all the psyco babble from me today - be good to yourself, you have many strong talents!
diamondintherough Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2004
i have never seen art like this exquisite job. :+fav:
HollOw- Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2004

no words to describe it :omg: :omfg: :wow:

antarie Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2004
...if i say i have no clue about the meaning, but that i like the shape and color of the fish very much, and its position, and the water dripping on the floor, will i look silly...?

brokenangel Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2004
This is rather unusual for you, I think. Doesn't mean it is bad or something, I like the new ways you dare to go *g*
great work hun, and congrats to the DD! :hug:
ataphoya Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2004
I really like it, especially the fish in a chair. Very interesting idea executed wonderfully.

Great job!
nuime Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2004
Interesting and very beautiful. Makes me want to break out the acrylics and the canvas that I bought the other day. :)
elenrandir Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2004  Student
amazing idea :D
kristinchick Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
That fish wants revenge. Humans sit around and stare at fish in their little tanks all day and fishes feel like slaves. So now the fish wants to give that chick a taste of her own medicine! :lmao:

zekinder Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2004
You asking to share our interpretations, so here's mine. It takes me long time to think of it and to make my own idea about it, so its why its late :)

Its my interpretation, and that's really an interpretation, i don't supposed that this is the reality.
The overall atmosphere and the tones is clearly not really optimistic. The use of grey and fading blue colors gives these feelings at the first sight. But, what is interesting is the contrast with the colors you used for the two protagonists. The red of the fish, and the red and the green in the girl. For me, this certainly means that, here, there was happiness before, but now it not the case anymore. The sad white skin of the girl makes me think of that too. Also her position is a clue for that. She's prostrate, closed on herself, it seems that she so sad that she just looking at herself. Her sadness makes her, in spite of her, blind to the world which surrounds her.

The big red fish below, is going to die. Not a real revelation. This fish is a symbol. The symbol of the girl's life. She doesn't seen that she begins to lost each moment that can make her happier, just because she 's inserted more and more in her despair. Maybe it's also the lost of some kind of childhood. The red fish means to me prize that you win in some (i dont know the word in english, sorry) "fêtes forraines", and who becomes your best friend for the last years of this childhood ;). Maybe its the cause of the sadness of the girl. She lost her fish and, by the way, her childhood.

In both cases, she doesn't see the agony of him. She's blind. That also explains i think the revert of the scene. Sometimes, our own sadness transform the reality. We see all in black, and we no more recognize the signs of life.

Maybe a little bit "psychanalytic" for an interpretation. But that's mine, and i can't fight it. Anyway, its really a great painting, so expressive. Thanks to invite us to interprate it, that makes it live. I'm waiting for the print now :D.
Redaura Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2004
very cool
amoIce Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2004
I love it.
the dying fish on the couch, the woman perched upside down.
The colours suggest emotions of conflict while the placement of the objects themselves suggest dysfunctionality.

The woman who hung upside down is particularly effective as it gives a sense of levitation. Her whipped hair hid her face, does this suggest that turmoils have covered up her true self?

Very dreamlike and surreal. :) great painting
NettoFoto Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2004   Photographer
awsome colors and contrast! the subject really stands out.
that would look awsome on canvas!
natashalyonne Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2004
wie gerne hätte ich als kind bücher mit deinen illustrationen durchgeblättert....
wirklich. hattest du nicht schonmal einen job oder eine idee in dieser richtung? es wäre verschwendung, wenn nicht. mach wenigstens die generationen nach mir glücklich :D
nightwhispers Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2004
that's so abstract, it's incredible. I love it.
padilha Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2004
hmmm... i see this as very personal.
you're upside down (it's not the world that's upside, you are) and you fell like a fish out of the water, you feel like you don't belong anymore, even though you're sitting in the your living room couch.
why i see it as personal: it's easy to relate this to your (public) personal life and recent events. the floor is green (eyes), the fish is red (hair), the skin is pale (face).
i've read much more complex and well-thought interpretations, so i'm probably wrong, but it's just my two cents.

congratulations on this piece and your new endeavour... i'm sure you'll be very successful.
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