Friday, September 10, 2010
Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) is a species of freshwater fish found in Canada and the USA that is a member of the sunfish family. Of tropical sunfish body shape, the bluegill's most notable feature is the blue or black "ear", actually an extension of the gill cover called the opercular flap. Its name, however, comes from the bright blue edging visible on its gill rakers.
A 2006 National Geographic article discusses how the common bluegill fish is being used to protect public drinking water for millions in the United States from terrorists and accidental contamination.
This is my test print for a bluegill print. I'm adding some colour to it and its on a fairly absorbent Japanese paper, the name of which escapes me at the moment. Okawara, I believe. The print is done using Caligo Safe Wash ink in phalto blue and the paper is 13 x 17". I like these little fish with their intent expressions and interesting shapes. Like any other type of painting, a study works wonders in ironing out the problems that can occur that would waste time and money.