This red rock fish emerged from my canvas late one evening as I was spattering paint. It began with a big swath of color; some yellow, some blue, some red. The paint dried and I stared at it for a long time. I rotated the canvas and stared some more. The yellow and blue and pooled together creating a deep, rich green, but the red just stood alone and grumbled. The next morning the faint outline of a fish began to talk to me. It said, "Give me an eye." With a little help from my brush and some yellow paint, an eye appeared. Then the spots, then the fins. Eventually the fish said, "Thank you," and I put my brush down.