I invented a fish by Karin Zeller

A while ago, I decided I would have some fun with my new watercolour pencils. I drew and I drew, and eventually this was the result. Some areas I wetted after I drew it, and lastly added cross hatching with a ink liner pen. I was even inspired to write a poem.

I’ve Invented a Fish ( by karincharlotte )

I’ve invented a fish
He’s a colourful fellow
With pretty bright colours
Red, blue, green and yellow…

He began as a doodle
Inside my sketch book
But the longer I drew
The better he looked

I used all my blues
And most of my reds
Three or four different yellows
I have no regrets.

My watercolour pencils
are fun to explore.
I blended and shaded
with colours galore.

I shaded and mixed
My blues with my greens
Then added some water,
to make aquamarine.

Blues and reds gave me purple
Not just one kind, but six
Reds and pinks over yellow
make an interesting mix.

Then I painted a rainbow
So outrageous and bold
The more colour, the better;
I’ll even add gold

My fish has spiked fins
He has gills, but no scales
He has razor sharp teeth
and a fanciful tail.

He swims through the water
always searching for prey.
He eats smaller fish;
ten dozen per day.

He has to be watchful
To avoid the big fishes
Because he’s so fancy
He looks quite delicious.

So here is my fish tale
I hope you’ll agree
My fish is a beauty!
It’s plain to see!

Perhaps for my next
Invention I’ll make,
A colourful bird,
or a bug, or a snake.

Why don’t you invent
A fish just like me
You could do more than one,
maybe twenty and three.

I have been a professional artist since 1990, starting out doing pencil portrait commissions. These days I have my own back yard studio, where I work towards future exhibitions, and teach weekly classes & workshops in watercolour and acrylics as well as drawing.
My studio is located in Hobson’s Bay ( Altona Meadows) , Victoria
Contact me at kczeller@yahoo.com.au or mobile: 0413 741 085

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  • Karen  Hull
    Karen Hullabout 4 years ago

    Just gorgeous – I love how this has evolved and the colours and fabulous!!! :)

  • Thank you, Karen! :)

    – Karin Zeller

  • Susan van Zyl
    Susan van Zylabout 4 years ago

    Just awesome!
    Now you have inspired me to try out pencils too!

  • Thank you, Susan! I’m so pleased you’ve been inspired by my fish. :)

    – Karin Zeller

  • BingoStar
    BingoStarabout 4 years ago

    What a fantastic Fish. He is so cool with lots of great colors and shapes. His story is awesome great fish and poem..<:)

  • Thank you for the lovely comment! I was very proud of my drawing and poem, since I am usually hopeless with rhyming. I tried others, and they just never work. I had fun with both drawing and poem. :)

    – Karin Zeller

  • Carol Walker
    Carol Walkerabout 4 years ago

    That’s great! You’ve made me want to try one too!

  • Excellent! Be sure to write me a note and show me. I want to see it. :)

    – Karin Zeller

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerabout 4 years ago

    fabulous.. well done!

  • Thank you, Catherine! :)

    – Karin Zeller

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 4 years ago

    What a beautiful fish. I do hope he isn’t a mean one. Those teeth make me worry, but maybe he needs a dentist. :o) Excellent work of art.

  • Thanks for your lovely comment, Bunny! Not sure he is mean. He does have rather sharp teeth, so I would not put my hand in the fish tank, ha, ha.

    – Karin Zeller

  • walstraasart
    walstraasartabout 4 years ago

    Gorgeous, fantastic work!

  • Thank you, Thea! I’m pleased you like my fish! :)

    – Karin Zeller

  • vampvamp
    vampvampabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you, my friend! :)

    – Karin Zeller

  • nmbrplus
    nmbrplusabout 4 years ago

    Karin he is a gorgeous fish and so beautifully created….your poem is really quite nice as well – excellent work here! jd

  • Thank you, Joyce! I appreciate the kind words. :)

    – Karin Zeller

  • JenLand
    JenLandabout 4 years ago

    This fish is awesome! You’re inspiring me to get out my watercolor pencils too. :o) Maybe this weekend……..

  • I am so pleased that my fish drawing inspired you to get out your watercolour pencils. They are so much fun to play with and make me feel like a kid again. :)

    – Karin Zeller

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