Sunday, February 14, 2010

Lionfish

 
 

 The lionfish is one of the most venomous fish on the ocean floor. Lionfish have venomous dorsal spines that are used purely for defense. When threatened, the fish often faces its attacker in an upside down posture which brings its spines to bear. However, a lionfish's sting is usually not fatal to humans. If a human is envenomed, that person will experience extreme pain, and possibly headaches, vomiting, and breathing difficulties.

I started another watercolour this weekend of a wild looking lion fish, one of Mike's images from the Weekend Drawing Event on WetCanvas. 

Still using the masa paper and batik-like effect, I have been adding to it in bits and pieces while I work on some cats as well. The jumble of fin patterns is a bit confusing so I'm taking my time with this and referring a lot to the reference image.

5 comments:

Billie Crain said...

I think your lion fish looks perfect as is. I'd be tempted to stop right now and call it done. It's wonderful...really!

Jeanette said...

Thanks Billie. Looking at it on the monitor it doesn't need much more I think too.

RHCarpenter said...

These fish definitely are wonderful to look at - but are such pests and they take over an environment wherever they go. People have been dumping them (from aquariums, I assume) and they are even in the Bahamian waters for the first time (first seen 2 year's ago). Beautiful but harmful...hmmm...maybe we could say that about many things in the world? I like this as is, just a bit of touches here and there and it will be done. I'd love to see you do a puffer (one of my favorite fishes of all time).

sue said...

Oh, this is great! I've seen these guys before--they are amazing to look at. Love this!

Spencer Nagle said...

Cool Painting. Lionfish are cool. Lots of people have been eating them because they're invading the reefs!