Underwater Dreams

Butterfly Fish And Coral Watercolor Painting

For our prompt of “Ocean” today, I chose to make a little sketch of a butterfly fish swimming through some coral. I have to admit that the idea for this fish came to be because I’ve been playing the game Animal Crossing on my Nintendo Switch Lite. It’s been a wonderful way to kill some time in quarantine and it’s just a super cute, fun, and relaxing game. Your character acquires many different fish that can then be donated to a museum during the game. This month marked the addition of some new fish and one was a butterfly fish, which looked really pretty. I just glanced at several references online for the fish and then made up some coral to accompany it. It was super quick and really fun to DO! After trying much more complex drawings in previous months, I’m trying more fast and loose versions now. It’s a bit of a game in itself as I try to see if I can remember how to draw something after simply studying it for a little while. When you’re stuck at home all of the time, it’s best to get creative!

Indeed, as much as Philippe and I have fallen into our new stay-at-home routine, it’s still super surreal. Not being able to go out and do anything in the world quickly starts to become a bit of a bore. Today, for example, we should have been attending a show with friends, but everything on our calendar has now been cancelled. So, it’s no surprise that the sudden appearance of a butterfly fish in my game would become instantly fascinating. Sure, I’m generally fascinated by just about every little thing in life, so it’s not super hard to keep me entertained. That’s one of the perks of always letting your inner child take control. That said, even though Philippe and I are normally the type to stay home and not at all social butterflies, even we’ve realized how much we’re missing those social interactions. No doubt, once they return, we’ll appreciate them even more in the future.

Tonight, we’re planning on watching the newest Pixar movie that was rushed to Disney’s streaming service. It will also involve popcorn, and our dog Phineas always gets a few bites so we refer to it as “family popcorn night.” His bites are reserved in a tiny bowl and are plain with no salt or butter, which I’m sure would be healthier for Philippe and I as well. But there’s absolutely no way in the world that my inner child would put up with bland popcorn like that. So, it will be just like the kind that mom and I made when I was growing up instead. I’m not sure yet what Philippe is making for dinner, but I’m quite sure I’m going to giggle at just how stinky healthy it is in order to compensate. It’s nice that he looks out for us like that. And then before heading to bed, I’ll check in on my virtual world in my game and visit my virtual museum full of exotic fish, imagining a moment in the future when I can visit the real thing. But, in the meantime, I’m happy and content with just underwater dreams.

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  1. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    Such a happy feeling, thanks Charlie!

  2. Priscilla DeConti 2 years ago

    Thanks for a lovely picture…Enjoy your movie night!!

  3. Walt. F Pierluissi 2 years ago

    Beautifully painted friend… Looks like this is a very happy fish….

  4. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    What Happy fish and happy, vibrant colors!!! Love it! Popcorn night…Sunday’s,, wonderful World of Disney, Dad in his recliner, Mom, my sister and I on the couch sharing a giant bowl of popcorn. Sweet, sweet memories.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Awww those are such sweet memories!!

  5. Lisa 2 years ago

    Nice paint! Even I, who’s home most of the time anyway, an feeling a bit, cabin feverish. The nice weather is helping though.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 So true! I didn’t think it would get to me, but yep… feeling the cabin fever alright!

  6. Sharon Nolfi 2 years ago

    Love the colors in the coral!

  7. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 2 years ago

    So Beautiful!!!! 🙂

  8. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    I have to admit that popcorn needs butter (unless it’s covered in caramel). Now I want some, but having had pizza for dinner I’ll have to pass. Thanks for another great ramble, Charile!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, pizza and popcorn is probably overkill… or is it? It sounds awesome to me! lol

  9. Mireya 2 years ago

    yes fast and lose seems funner and besides we worry less about perfection. I always mess up and love the outcome more when I just paint fast and lose. I really like the texture for the fish.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks, Mireya! 😃💕 I agree… fast and lose is often so much more fun! And fun little surprises happen along the way!

      • Mireya 2 years ago


      • Mireya 2 years ago

        yes and oh dear I realize that I should have typed loose. Ha

  10. Danai Mongkolrat 2 years ago

    Wonderful sketch and paint

  11. Zertab Quaderi 2 years ago

    Lovely sketch!

  12. Soumya Bhat 2 years ago

    Wah.. wonderful… 👌👌

  13. shawnthompsonart 2 years ago

    Nice sketch, I like the colours on your fish.

  14. memadtwo 2 years ago

    Popcorn is my favorite food! (K)

  15. Jerson Antao 2 years ago

    Nice bright colours Charlie!..

  16. LoriCtoo 2 years ago

    Beautimus fish. 😉 I am trying to remember if I did any painting sketching yesterday. Probably in the morning. I spent part of my day making face masks for my little family and two women I walk with (distancing apart of course). After I sewed them, then I saw all the easier versions being posted. Oh well, it was kind of fun to revisit my Featherweight sewing maching again. I spent the rest of my day finishing up our Christmas scrapbook that I have been behind on for about 6 years. Felt good to finish it up. Onto the next project!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕Oh wow… yeah… Philippe has been researching face masks to create. Definitely odd crafts we do today! And yay to finishing the scrapbook! That’s awesome!

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