Monday, March 16, 2009

DSFDF Challenge: Week 25-26: Sushi


"If You Knew Sushi Like I Knew Sushi" .... oil ... 10" x 10"

This is my entry for Karin Jurick's latest Different Strokes for Different Folks painting challenge. I was happy to see a food subject (see the original reference photo below), and I've often admired the artistry of sushi (even painted a few back in the day).

But... my mind wanders, as it Often does, and starts forming puns, as it Always does, and well, you can see what horrors have been perpetrated.

I have an artist friend you says, 'my goal each day in the studio is to see how I can amuse myself.' Well, if amusement is the key to a good day, I consider this day amused.

My goldfish, on the other hand, is Not. Not amused. At all.


(above: original reference photo from DSFDF)

p.s., Thanks to sushi connoisseur and feline portraitist Extraordinaire Akiko Watenabe for assisting this landlocked western gaijin in morphing a California roll into a psuedo-Maki (tuna), (and of course a goldfish is not the same as a tuna, but be a sport and play along, 'kay?)

p.p.s., Yes, I've also found that James Parker beat my pun to the punchline...

54 comments:

  1. Clever, clever, clever...you amused me...thanks!

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  2. Thanks Dana! Wow, you're fast... I'm still editing my awful typing!

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  3. This is fantastic! I love love love it! What a great way to wrap up the assignment. The look of shock on the little fish made me laugh out loud. Very creative!

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  4. Hi Gwenm, Oh, Hooray! If it makes you laugh, then it works. Thanks!!

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  5. This is amazing!! I love the expression on your gold fish. Wonderful job also on the sushi and chopsticks. Very amusing!

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  6. This is great what a fun painting ! It put a smile on my face well done.

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  7. How fun is this!!! I really like the colors you chose, and the swinging sushi is a riot!!

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  8. Akiko, thanks! I couldn't have done it without you!

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  9. LOL.Yes you did amuse me/us.
    Its an amazing painting.
    Sending to my kids, I must share it.

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  10. Horrifying (from the goldfish's point of view). Awesome.

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  11. Oh how I love your style and sense of humor! Great title too! :)

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  12. Hi Jala, thanks for stopping by. Ah, yes; poor Goldie. I have a call into her therapist, Dr. Gefilte....

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  13. This is fabulous. The expression on the fish is priceless! Great interpretation of the ref :)

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  14. Hi, this is my first visit to your blog and I found it very interesting, I love your realistic paints and the way you explain your wip. Conrats!

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  15. Thanks for visiting my blog and it brought me to yours. It is very clever indeed. Love the goldfish.

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  16. Yes... I'm amused! This painting has made me think twice about eating my beloved sushi....lol!

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  17. Ah...the illustrated food chain! Great job! :)

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  18. I am still laughing. Yup, you are giving James a run for it in the pun dep't.This is fabulously inventive and lighthearted. R, thanks for brightening my/our day!

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  19. It's so gratifying to receive everyone's compliments, thank you all!

    Irit, thanks for sending to you kids; hope they find it funny, yoo.

    Nithya, thanks; I was happy to capture that expression on the goldfish.

    Manon, maybe just don't eat your sushi next to the aquarium!

    Thanks also Loredana, Ann Marie, Dean, and Cathyann; glad it gave you a laugh or a smile.

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  20. Very clever! I love your take on this challenge!!

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  21. What a riot! Brilliant solution to the challenge. Eye-poppin' all around.

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  22. R- I am amused by many things in your painting- the blood red soy sauce, the look of horror on fisheys' face- but perhaps the most amused by the fact that your sense of humor is DEEPER and DARKER than mine!!! (and that's saying somethin') It's the quiet one's you have to watch out for. HeeHee

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  23. Thanks, Liz! 'Eye-poppin'-- now that's high praise!

    Oh, Tom, I didn't even see the soy sauce as red until you pointed it out... eeew!

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  24. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!

    Gosh I wish I could even THINK of the creative things that the challengees have done... This one just made me laugh!! Love it.

    I'm always happy if what I paint looks like the photo.

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  25. WHAT CAN I SAY, JUST "COOL"
    AND LOVE IT

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  26. OMG!!! this is fabulous! I'm rolling on the floor! Big HUGS for a great painting R.!!

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  27. Thanks, Steve Conrad! Always great to hear from you.

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  28. You get the gold star for the sushi challenge! Love it!

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  29. I just love the look on that goldfish! I think this was my favorite rendition from the challenge.

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  30. Wonderful - Food and Humor! Unbeatable combination. Love your vivid colors.

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  31. Awesome sushi piece! This would have been great for a fish calendar I worked on a few years ago with some other artists.

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  32. Edward, Cheryl, Kerri, Lee, and Hissnhowl-- thanks you so much!

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  33. Too Funny! What a fantastic idea! You really too the challenge to the next level.

    I missed a few of your posts because I was out of town. Your finished painting with the pear and koi is stunning! And to see the step by step of each element was very cool. Beautiful, really beautiful! Thanks for all the effort it took to blog about your process.

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  34. Hi Steven,
    If only I knew how to be in the loop on projects like the calendar you mention (there are certain drawbacks to being a hermit!)--sounds like great fun!
    Thanks for your ever kind comments.

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  35. This is the most creative sushi I've seen...I adore it...and the look of surprise on Goldie...OH MY....priceless! Extremely well executed and a very personal interpretation...kudos! I think I must follow....

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  36. Thanks Glenda and Theresa! It's fun to have followers.
    The pressure is on...
    must...paint!

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  37. Now there's a little fishy who is going to be on his best behavior..ha! Great job on this R.

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  38. I missed some thank you's! Thank you Vern, Kim, and Marian!! This was definitely a stretch out of the box for me, but it seems worth to make so many people laugh.

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  39. Oops! and of course my faithful blog friend Sheila! Glad I could give you a laugh!

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  40. I agree with the rest. Fun and looking forward to the next challenge to see what you come up with next.

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  41. Wow, R. You've been hanging around that Parker blog too long...howsomeever, the title os this one is a masterpun. Your goldfish looks like it's thinking.."Cousin Ed, long time no sea"

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  42. What an imagination you have! Wonderful sweeping design, composition, colors and most of all very amusing!

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  43. Thanks, Maria!

    James, you are a baaaaad influence, and for that I thank you as well!

    Carol, thank you so much! It seems like a good year to try to be amusing.

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  44. That gold fish life has just pased before his eyes. I love the piece. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind words.

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  45. Your take on this challenge is so refreshing. The colors are so clean,fresh and pleasing-just like good sushi. Poor goldfish though. I am excited about reading all of your photoshop tips. I definitely need them! Thanks for stopping by.

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  46. Wow, that is really fun! I like the way your mind works. The sushi assignment stumped me, I couldn't get it together, but some weeks are like that. Bravo!

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Thank you for your kind comments! They always make my day.