Sunday, 13 May 2018


The orange sun is shining in a blue, blue sky

and the flowers and plants in the garden are all going bananas because they want some attention

but my Finnish friend Susu has just posted a blogpost where she has painted a scene upside down.

Immediately I had to do this.

Here it is as I painted it. 
I did turn it round just once to check that it wasn't completely bonkers.  It was, but I carried on anyway.

It was crazy fun.
Here it is turned round.

Is that really a fish on a bicycle?

I gave it a better background.

The fish are now swimming on dry land but still looking quite happy about it.

I kind of like these dancing flowers.

Seriously, do give painting upside down a go.  It's tremendous fun.

I'm linking to Jo's challenge at "Art Journal Journey" where the theme is "Flora and Fauna"
and to "Moo-Mania" where the theme is "Flowers".


Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, what a fun experience that must have been! I'd never have thought about painting upside down and I was amazed at how much more of the detail I could see when you turned it the right way round, it just shows how are brains are programmed to see things 😉. I love your smiling sun and your first painting, the way you blended colours and let them run into each other is stunning. Then there's the upside down piece which immediately made me sing the opening line from a song from the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, maybe you know it ... "Come with me and you'll see there's a world of pure imagination" ... is that an umpa lumpa in the car 😉. I was so excited when I saw your name at Art Journal Journey, thanks so much for joining us again! Happy Sunday! J 😊 x

SusuPetal said...

Oh yes, you did do it! Wasn't it just so amazingly fun!! And all those innovations that come when the world is upside down! If I'd be a fish, I sure would like to take a ride with a bicycle every now and then
No wonder flowers are dancing, so are they doing here in Finland! It's been amazingly warm for the last few days, today it's 25 degrees Celsius. Summer, finally!!

Have creativity experiences with our world upside down!

Annie said...

Oh my! Who would ever have thought to paint upside down. But I’m going to leave that to you. I have a hard enough time painting right side up. Maybe my right side up paintings would look better upside down...hmmm. Your painting imagination and results are always so delightful. Most are so imaginative that I can totally see the fun you had painting upside down. That fish can ride along with me any time he likes. A very fun painting idea that Susu had!

Lenie said...

This is a funny way of looking to the world! I like your friendly sun in the blue sky very much. Happy sunday!

johanna said...

... and are the fish having a bad hair day or do they go with the beard Fashion? so many questions *g*... now that is PLAY and FUN! (and besides that i know you are my Generation, when feminists put up the question: a woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle...;))
enjoyed your post very much - hve a great week ahead! xox, johanna

Rosie said...

Funny artwork

Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE

sirkkis said...

Beautiful, beautiful paintings, Sheila! And fun as well to turn them up side down, what a nice idea. Love all the fabulous colors you used.
Have a wonderful upcoming week xx

limmelon said...

We need birds which fly underwater. (ducks, I suppose, but that would be nothing like the fish swimming on dry land.) All fish bicycle, a well known fake fact. Love the dancers, with they're feet in the air. Great fun and very inventive, love it, Awesome !!

Gibby Frogett said...

Oh brilliant Sheila - you've made an overcast Sunday (here) feel very sunny with your wonderful, quirky and happy art.
The sun looks very happy at your end of the world.
I can't wait to try upside down drawing - it looks great fun. Although I've just had a cople of glasses of wine with lunch and if I try it now its likely to be an upside down, fallen on the floor drawing. :)
I thought that was a caterpillar on the bike - but I now think the smart fish has tucked his fins etc in and streamlined himself like a cycling pro would - not that they have fins - but you know what I mean :)
I love the dancing flowers too.
Happy Sunday - hope you're having a great weekend.
Gill xx

My name is Erika. said...

I love your perspective on things Sheila! Turning it around and around only made it better and more interesting. I like the elements you used, and you know, some of them could be upside down even in the right side up piece, really making it very interesting. :) Hope you are having a fantastic weekend with some great weather. :) Hugs-Erika

froebelsternchen said...

What a fabulous idea with the upside down paintings---coool! I love all the critters on your imaginative page dear Sheila - I am most impressed with the two crazy rocket birds - a kind of manta ray species. So happy to see your genius painting linked to Art Journal Journey and Moo Mania & More! Hugs, Susi
Have a great start into the new week my fancyful friend!
Hugs. Susi

Sue (this n that) said...

aw how gorgeous and a completely carefree painting. Your imagination knows no bounds and that's what shows your joy in painting. I like the upside down idea too. Fun!!! :D) xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Only YOU could come up with dancing flowers and crazy creatures. I simply adore your upside down paintings. This made me smile. It is so colorful and filled with fun eye candy. So glad you are sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey, too.

Beo said...

Of course it is a fish on a bicycle! Do you have any doubts about that??
I mean there are so many fantastical things and beings and situations that come out
of your brushes and pencils…. I love them all!

Terri Petersen said...

Oh my goodness! Your exercise looks like so much fun! You did a tremendous job with it. I'm anxious to give it a whirl. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Meggymay said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time painting these pieces. Fantastic fun and the more I looked the more my imagination went wild thinking about this upside down page,
Yvonne xx

Rike said...

How tricky is that idea to paint upside down! A new challenge - I want to try next time too!
The sun on a blue, blue sky and the flowers going bananas in your garden, while the caterpillar is watching and waiting for a good moment - fantastic paintings!
And the fish on a bicycle, the dancing flowers (I guess they do not know themselves where is upside and where is downside, lol), these flying unknown objects and all your other little details - your fantasy is adorable! And this in upside down painting!!
Rike xx

ULKAU said...

Oh, I really had to laugh while looking at your picture, every single element and every fantasy figure is so beautiful! ... and everything together and turned upside down results in such a funny overall picture! There are even 2 rockets in it, but the fish on the bike is the best!
Best regards - Ulrike

craftytrog said...

Wonderful!!! I adore everything about this fun piece Sheila, especially the cycling fish! :-)
Alison xx

JEN Garrett said...

What a great fun idea! And now, I'll need to think up a story for that fish on a bicycle. ;)

Claudia said...

There is a lot to be done in your underwater world. The fish on the bike is awesome! Again wonderful pictures!

Lowcarb team member said...

Fun ideas - love it!

All the best Jan

Jackie said...

Your posts always make me smile, Sheila, and I just love your creativity and imagination. That's the first fish on a bicycle that I have met - wonderful! Jx

Victoria said...

Yay, I love this ! So fun and fantastical..a really beautiful and magical world of art!

Chris Lally said...

What a wonderful imagination you have! Love your whimsical drawings, your gorgeous color!
I'm so happy to have found your blog!!

Sharon Fritchman said...

I love, LOVE this so much and especially love that you turned it around and came up with a totally imaginative world!!!! WOW!

kat said...

It's always tremendous fun here, loving the happy art here, full of joy!

janie said...

Can feel the fun emanating from the blog post, love the bright sun at the beginning but most of all love the fish on a bicycle.