Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Tangle of Capelin Part III

  A Tangle of Capelin
12.5" x 21"
Watercolour on masa

While digging through paintings, looking for a particular one, I pulled out A Tangle of Caplin.  This piece started life as a demonstration for creating a faux batik on masa paper.   That link has proven to be one of the most popular links on my blog and I will soon be creating it into a more structured pfd download to make it easier to find and use.

As some readers may remember I painted this, then went back in last June and added some more intensity to the colour.  The final piece  shared third place with James Hollingsworth's Black Grapes No. 3 in the 2010 MAM Award for  Best Picture of the Year on an Art Blog.


Well I decided that the 'Tangle' needed yet another wash of colour to punch it up a bit.  A better image, stronger colour and I think I can finally say that the caplin are ready for framing.  Maybe its an unrequired tweak but you know how yu just have this gut feeling about a piece and what MUST happen with it?  Often it takes time before that revelation appears.  My revelation comes with some experience behind it in terms of what I've learned over time regarding colour and value and how a piece 'speaks' to me. There aren't huge changes to the piece compared to the previous one, but the colours have intensified yet again.  The colours are a stylized version of their natural colouring and fresh, these little fish are quite attractive if examined closely.

6 comments:

Robyn Sinclair said...

A gorgeous as ever, Jeanette.

Jeanette said...

Thank you Robyn. No more tweaks on this one now! :)

Susan Liles said...

Love the punch of color you added to this one.

suzanneberry said...

i LOVE THIS!!!! beautifully done!

Jeanette said...

It just needed that little extra 'oomph' Susan. Soon to be fancied up at the framer's.

Suzanne, thanks, I adore painting and drawing these little fish. I find endless colours in them and think they are embedded in my brain so strongly that I could draw them in my sleep. :)

Maddie said...

I love your art.
This fishes have amazing colors.

Have a nice day!