Saturday, 25 February 2017

Georgette


Say hello to Georgette. 






This sweet beribboned lizard is the girlfriend of Designosaur's George the Chameleon, and just like him is adept and disappearing into one's outfit. She is one of only fifty created the world entire - I'm very lucky to have her. Designosaur amusingly interviewed the scaly celebrity on their blog:

How did you and George meet?

"We actually met speed dating, thank goodness you only have to talk to each guy for 2 minutes! I was talking to this lizard and I wasn't listening to a thing he was saying as I could see George across the room, well I say see, I couldn't see him, but I could see an empty space, then I spotted his big eyes, and I knew he was the one for me."

Sadly George retired before I could get my hands on him also to complete the set, but who knows, perhaps a baby George Jnr. will come along one day!

Monday, 20 February 2017

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Cézanne





I would like to officially welcome the gorgeous Monsieur Cézanne to my menagerie. He journeyed all the way from Thailand to take up residence in my aquarium. Though he was rather disappointingly drab when he first arrived, he quickly coloured up beautifully after recovering from travel (I shouldn’t judge: I’m sure I look drab on arrival when I travel long distance also). 

He is termed as a ‘koi’ betta, referring to his patched pattern commonly seen on koi carp. Fun fact: koi means ‘brocade’ in Japanese. ‘Koi’ is a recent development in betta world, an advancement of the marble gene. 

It is possible he may change colour in the future, with the marble gene capable of creating radical changes. Blue fish can suddenly transform to blue and back again. Already some of the white flecks Cézanne had originally are fading and the red increasing… 

I had to name him after an Impressionist, given his painted look. I fixed on Cézanne as he was unusual amongst the Impressionists for using black in his works. Technically Impressionist art should not include it, so he was being a bit of a rebel there – great geniuses can do whatever they like really.

Paul Cezanne. The Bay of l'Estaque.

Paul Cezanne. Still Life, Delft Vase with Flowers.

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