Monday, April 21, 2014

Wiring the Fish Room | Tank Talk

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Solid Gold Sketchbook

Here's some art I've been working on recently.  The drawing of Clover is the first large-scale (about 11x14") goldfish drawing I have made and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  I think I'll be doing many more large drawings like this in the future.  I made it specifically to display at the Minnesota Aquarium Society tropical fish show over the weekend of April 4th and 5th, and my entry ended up winning first place in the fine art category!  I made of video of the creation process for this drawing, so be sure to watch that below!  Also keep an eye on my Etsy store, because I hope to have prints made of this one and made available in a few different sizes.

The second drawing was commissioned by a fellow goldfish keeper as a memento of her fish named River who recently passed away.  I really played with shadows and highlights with this one and I think the result is quite pretty.  Lately I've been trying to get away from heavily outlining my drawings all the time, to make for a more realistic look.  And last, but certainly not least, is a portrait of Betsy!  Betsy is a fantail goldfish owned by a vet clinic nearby.  When I visited with my dog about a year ago, I noticed that Betsy was living in a small bowl on the reception desk, so I helped the staff at the clinic set up a large aquarium for Betsy and her new friend Bernie.  Since then they have done such an excellent job caring for their finned friends and setting an example of good fish care for their clients.  You can read more about Betsy and Bernie here:  Veterinary Clinic Goldfish Aquarium

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Red/White Ryukin - Clover
Clover detail

Friday, April 11, 2014

Save the Date | 3rd Annual AGA Show

Mark your calendars!  The date is set for the 3rd annual American Goldfish Association Breeders Classic Show and Auction.  It will be held August 9th in Anderson, Indiana at the Hollywood Estates Clubhouse.  The address is as follows:

Hollywood Estates Clubhouse
144 Hollywood Blvd.
Anderson, IN 46016

Friday, August 8th will be set up and socialization.  Judging will take place on the morning of Saturday, August 9th and the auction will be held on Saturday afternoon.  Please watch this thread on Goldfish Keepers Forum for updates.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Beautiful Fish, Artfully Photgraphed

As some of you may remember, part of my New Year's Resolution this year was to experiment more with different camera lenses and photography techniques. For the past year I've been coveting the Helios 44-3 lens after seeing some photos a relative of mine took using it. The lens is kind of clunky to use with a new Canon camera, because it's a very old Russian lens that requires an adapter to fit on the camera and it looses the ability to auto-focus. BUT, the result is totally worth the extra effort! The background blur (or "bokeh") looks very pretty and almost looks like brushstrokes on a painting. What do you think? Which of the photos below is your favorite?

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Minnesota Aquarium Society Show 2014

This weekend was a whirlwind!  On Friday my husband (who should win an award for the best fish show supporter) and I packed up and drove down to Fridley, Minnesota to participate in my first fish show, the Minnesota Aquarium Society's annual show.  In deciding which of my fish to bring, I considered which one would be the most eye-catching, and which one conformed best to the ideal butterfly telescope in body and fin conformation.  I chose to bring Clyde, my male panda butterfly.  He also has very excellent swimming motion and balance, and is very active and personable, which makes him a great choice for a show fish.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Around the Fish Room with Jennie

The video below has more details, but don't forget that the Minnesota Aquarium Society (MAS) show is this weekend in Fridley, MN!  I will be there both days and I'm bringing one of my fish to participate in the show.  If you see me there, come say hi!  More show info.

Also winners have been selected in my recent giveaway, so please check my Facebook page to see if you won.

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