Sunday, April 08, 2012

Easter fish



Whatever you believe in or not believe in during Easter, fish play a common role in this holiday. Whether eating fish on Good Friday or buying chocolate fish in Paris, the fish is the symbol of fertility of spring and also the original symbol for Christianity, pre-dating the cross.


Not having either in mind, these fish made an interesting composition.  8" x 8" in oil on canvas panel.  I painted over another piece that hadn't gone well.  Its a bit eerie seeing the partial painting and eyes peering through the oil sketch.


Perhaps in many years time, someone will analyze the painting and find the ghost of the initial painting behind the fish and wonder about it.

Its been difficult to get a good photograph of the final piece, the reflections from the wet paint just aren't cooperating.  I hope to re-photograph it in a day or two when its dryer.

PS  I edited last night's text as it didn't seem to make sense at all.  And I hadn't even had a drink!

6 comments:

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

i love your fish paintings ... and I love this one where you show your step by step. Great colors. Nice use of a previously used canvas.

Jeanette said...

Sometimes you just know that a piece cannot be saved so it goes to the paint over pile. The pile is diminishing but there will always be a few that are given a chance with a new image.

JANE MINTER said...

super easter fish .. hope you had a good easter jeanette ..interesting WIP middle shot with both images

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

i love the eyes looking out, was a bit creepy :)

Jeanette said...

Thanks Jane. Easter was low key, just as I like it. I don't go much for holidays and all the hoopla around them.

Yes, covering a painting with another makes an interesting image at the partial stage.

It is a bit eerie isn't it Jennifer? But only a ghost now...

Sue Pownall said...

I also find that middle pic with the eyes peering through spooky, however the end painting is great.