Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Because capelin sexes have different shapes, they are often posed together classically for comparison. I came across a 1948 black and white image showing a similar pose and its sparked off ideas for a whole series of capelin paintings.
Now I know looking at fish is not everyone's idea of pretty pictures, but if you're looking for flowers, you're in the wrong blog. I always seem to root for the underdogs of the world. Stray animals, the mangy dog at the pound, some half dead cat who turns up on the doorstep and all those creatures that people look at and say 'ewwwwwww'. Fish being one of them.
Like most things, the more you examine something, the more intriguing it becomes. You see all kinds of shapes and colours that you wouldn't have seen at a cursory glance. This is how I feel about fish. They are quite remarkable creatures with an amazing ability to live underwater. Just think about it! What a world they must see!
For this painting I started out shapes with a brush then switched to a palette knife to complete the pair. Meet Specimen 18437. In oil on canvas panel and 7 x 9, I think. Its on an old unmarked canvas and I'm too lazy to find the measuring tape.
The male is on the top, the female on the bottom.