Sharing My Obsession with Goldfish, a New Class and a Giveaway

Oh, goldfish, I do love them so.

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If you've been around here for a bit you've seen them popping up in my art. Yes, my true love is flowers, but goldfish are special.

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They're so joyful. Bright and colorful. Glimmering. Shimmering.

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started painting them two years ago. I was wishing I could have a big tank of them again (and kicking myself for giving my tank away when we moved). Painting them seemed an easier option than setting up a new tank, so I did. They were surprisingly addictive to paint. Different than my flowers. Looser. More free and easy. The process joyful and relaxing, so similar to watching fish swim underwater. And every fish seemed to have its own personality.

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I've painted single fish. Groups of fish. And even made a repeat pattern of my fish that I've used in everything from fabric to rugs to notebooks. Yes, I guess I'm still obsessed.

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When I first started teaching on Skillshare someone suggested I teach a class about painting goldfish. I'm not sure why I hesitated. When other people continued to request it, I eventually gave in.

And now the class is finally here!

To celebrate its debut I'm having a giveaway!

The winner will receive a free year of Premium Membership from Skillshare (if you're already a subscribed, the year will be added onto your current membership. If you're not yet subscribed you can access my classes by signing up for two free months here).

To enter:

  • Watch my new class Learn to Paint Watercolor Goldfish (Rather paint flowers? You can watch my class Learn to Paint Realistic Watercolor Viola Flowers instead). 
  • Paint one (or many) goldfish and upload a photo of your creation in the Your Project section of the class (or paint a viola flower and upload a photo in that class).
  • If you watch both classes and share projects in both, you'll get two chances to win!
I'll be randomly choosing a winner on November 21st, so get your projects uploaded by November 20th. I'll announce the winner here on my blog as well as on Instagram and to my followers in the Skillshare community.

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Not interested in learning how to paint? Don't worry; I'll be having another exciting giveaway in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!


  1. Oh I have always loved your goldfish! Of course I love all the things you paint, they are all lovely. I agree though, there is just something about the fish. I can just see them swimming around and glistening in the water, you really bring them to life. Great to hear of another wonderful class, congrats!

    1. Thanks so much, Jaime! I am always envious (in a good way!) of your koi pond surrounded by your studio gardens, studio and greenhouse. I dream of someday having a similar set-up (and then I may end up painting nothing but fish!). :)


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