Wednesday, June 16, 2010
This is a graphite study of a capelin, drawn from life . These little fish were a staple of Newfoundland food fishery and become synonymous with summer here when they come to the beaches to spawn. Unfortunately, like fisheries all over the world, overfishing and changing climate as well as pollution affect fish habitat. As a result, spawning times are later and fish numbers greatly reduced when they do reach the beaches.
I find these fish very appealing, not to eat - I find them too strong tasting for my liking - but the colours in them are perfect for painting and the shapes so interesting to draw.
Capelin will be a featured in my grant project as they reflect the culture of the province as well as the fishery.