Saturday, March 20, 2010

Tropical capelin

I had a long piece of leftover masa paper that had been painted so I played around with the image of a capelin.  I stretched the capelin out over the paper giving it the look of an entirely new species at this point I think.

Watercolour layers, a hint of gold leaf and a touch of pastel completed it. I've enjoyed creating this piece.  Its an interesting exercise to figure out the different colours in fish and then go one or two steps higher in key to make it stand out more.

Even if most fish around these waters aren't this colourful, I'll keep trying to make them so.  This piece is available for purchase on my Available Art page, located just under the logo.


Niall young said...

It's gorgeously beautiful Jeanette...I love these fishy pics!

Billie Crain said...

This fish looks wonderful on the Masa, Jeanette! Wish I could see where you applied the gold leaf but I'm sure it enhances this piece even more.

Jeanette said...

They become a bit like a puzzle at times Niall and I never quite know how they'll turn out.

Billie, the gold leaf is on the gill covers and in small amounts. It becomes layered with watercolour and a bit of pastel to dull it yet let it come through the layers as subtle light.