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.

Woman with Two Fish and a Bird

acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval
Woman with Two Fish and a Bird ~ acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

I’m not sure this is a happy painting but I must admit I am happy with her.  This is my most recent painting and I can see that I am getting better at portrait painting.   The human face is complex, the shapes and forms have to blend together well to work.  My husband, who is an architectural illustrator can easily sketch out the human figure.  He is much more visual than I am.  I realize that feeling and playing with color is my strong suit.   I love the fact that the more I paint the better I am becoming at really seeing, this keeps me inspired.

Here I’ve tried to paint a centered, strong willed woman who is in touch with her feelings (fish) and listens to her intellect (bird).

Available here.