When choosing silver for a prompt today, I think I was just thinking about shiny things and how I love them. I didn’t actually know what one might paint for this one. I looked up references of actual raw silver and wasn’t inspired, but then somehow stumbled across a silver fish instead. Not to be confused with a silverfish which is a weird wingless insect that scurries around wreaking havoc in homes. Yuck! But, instead a shiny cute fish that looks like it’s made of molten metal. Cool! That’s at least the hope, as this is another fast and furious doodlewash that is lucky to resemble a fish at all. Apparently the reason why some fish have evolved to become silver, or at least appear that way, is in order to protect themselves from predators. If they were blue, to match the water, they would still look like little dark shadow puppets to a predator swimming around underneath them. The reflective nature creates the perfect camouflage at all angles. So, yeah, nature is just really, really clever.

The weird and wild defense mechanisms that creatures use have always fascinated me. So much more elaborate and interesting than the human fight or flight options. Though many of these mechanisms employed by animals would admittedly be super freaky if they were employed by humans. Skunks come to mind, and their unique ability to squirt foul-smelling juice out of their bum. Some lizards shoot blood from their eyes while a particular type of bird vomits something stinky and orange onto its attackers. Things get super weird for the sea cucumbers, though, as if their name wasn’t already odd enough. They start their defense by releasing a sticky poisonous toxin. If that doesn’t work, they pretend to be dying by shaking around and contracting their muscles so violently that some of their organs slip out of their anus. Their enemies just sort of move along rather sheepishly after that, as really, what else could one do in that situation.

As ever, I’ve gone off on a bit of a tangent here, and even I no longer understand what I’m talking about. But it does make me think of all the little defense mechanisms I employ every day. Things like pretending that I’m responding to a text in order to avoid any conversation at all on an elevator. Nothing major, just something small that keeps me happily in my own little bubble when that’s where I prefer to be. Those who think of themselves as a “people person” may find this behavior shocking, but those fellow introverts out there know just what I mean. I enjoy being around other people for short periods of time, but then need my own time to unwind with the thoughts swirling in my head. I’ll always come back, but I sometimes go just a bit icognito. Quietly disappearing to float for a bit in my own happy little world, much like a silver fish.

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Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Red Orange, Phthalocyanine Blue, Cobalt Turquoise, Ultramarine Deep, and Payne’s Grey. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon with black ink in a little red cloth hardbound l’aquarelle journal I found in a Paris shop.
 Day 9 - #WorldWatercolorGroup Silver Fish in Blue Water #doodlewash

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24 thoughts on “A Silver Fish

  1. I totally identify with the introvert tactics, Charlie. Maybe we just need our own little silver coverings so the rest of the world could be distracted by their own images and leave us to our own inner ramblings!

  2. I think I get it – if you’re wearing your silver cape, we should just pretend we don’t see you and leave you alone.

    Your little fish here is a charmer even if his silvery body is meant to confuse the big guys looking for dinner. The amazing thing is how many other sea critters flaunt all kinds of color down in the briny deep. I think it’s why aquariums are so appealing to us land locked humans – getting to see so much sea life is not gonna happen unless it’s brought to us in a tank.

    And I have to wonder how in the world you come up with so many interesting facts – you must be the one impossible to beat at Trivia Pursuit.

    1. Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Oh wow… I’m going to ask for a silver cape for my birthday now! Hehe… just kidding… it will be art supplies as usual. 😊 Actually, I’ve always loved trivia bits, but I’ve been learning a ton more trying to come up with something to write about.

  3. Hi Charlie, I’m a new follower! Your posts are really interesting and observant in more ways than one. You seem to think a lot while you’re painting, or before and after it anyway. I am a watercolour artist, and often in my own head a bit too much when splashing around. It’s hard for me to think outside the….well….page. It’s like…ah well, back to ‘real’ life.
    Nice work, I look forward to seeing more. Maybe I should post a picture or two of mine on my blog…mmm….
    Anyway, great work. 🙂

  4. I think your silver fish looks fantastic, Charlie! 🎨👍 I’d love to come up with something wise to say but I’m too tired tonight. I don’t think I’ve had enough time by myself… 😉 I can totally understand needing time away from everyone! Cheers! 🍷🐟

  5. When I saw the title, I thought you were going to beautify a little insect that likes damp corners…. but no! Instead, I end up feeling bad for sea cucumbers, which was unexpected! Good start to a Friday….

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