Mirror Fish

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Mirror Fish – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

Mirror Fish is my most recent painting.   Two fish  are swimming together like the Pisces symbol of  two fish swimming in opposite directions.  My twin sister and I are Pisces; our birthday is coming up later this month.  Maybe that’s why I felt like creating a new painting of the two fish to add to the other double fish paintings I’ve done through the years.  In this painting I’ve tried to loosen up some and play with lots of vibrant color.

My sister and I are in good places at the moment.  We are happy with our lives,  our families are doing well and we’re enjoying the empty nest phase.  We are identical mirror twins, which means the egg divided after 7 days and so we are mirror images of each other. She is right-handed while I am left-handed.

My sister was visiting last weekend and when we stopped by to pick up coffee at the local Dunkin Donuts, we got attention for looking alike. These days we find getting attention fun.   Growing up we never felt comfortable with all the extra attention we received.   Both my sister and I always smile to strangers and over the years I’ve realized that we do that because people were always staring at us.

We are still very close and talk to each other 2 or 3 times a week but like the fish above with the different colors and along with every identical twin, we each have a unique personality.

Two Dolphins in the Moonlight

Two Dolphins in the Moonlight - acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval
Two Dolphins in the Moonlight – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

I’ve just completed painting Two Dolphins in the Moonlight for my Heni’s Happy Paintings Etsy shop.    Many years ago I did a watercolor painting of four dolphins playing in the full moonlit sea that I gave to my twin sister.  She still has it hanging in her home.  Now that I’m doing acrylic paintings, I thought it might be fun to try a new moonlit dolphin scene.   Last week I was going back and forth with a woman who really liked one of my double fish prints but wanted a custom ordered size, which led me to think about painting a double dolphin scene.  I combined those two ideas and and this painting is the result.  It was fun to use lots of  bright colors contrasting with the darks of the ocean and sky.    I want to continue along this whimsical path, tomorrow I plan to start a flying fish painting.  We’ll see how that goes.