Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Mallotus villosus

 Mallotus villosus
12 x 36 - oils
Mallotus villosus.  I've used the latin genus as the name for this painting.  He (as he's fairly thin and small, I'm presuming its a male) is a showy fellow and deserved a more regal name I thought, especially as he sacrificed his life in the name of art. 

I finally managed to get some odorless thinners for the oils I'm using and do some more work on the giant capelin.  Usually turps don't bother me, but they have lately and with the weather cold and damp, having good ventilation wasn't an option while painting.

It seems the older I get, the more things turn against me in terms of scents and foods.  But hopefully, this problem is taken care of for now.  I don't mind the smell of oil paints themselves, in fact I notice very little smell from them.

So on to the fish painting.  I've layered more colours to try to achieve that luminescence that fish have in places as light catches scale or wetness. The subtlety of colour in something as simple as a capelin is quite amazing, as is the detail.  I like the progress so far and still have some work to do on the mouth and the fin, then I'm hoping I can call it done and let it dry.


Cynnie said...

What a gorgeous fish!!! The colors are amazing!

Jennifer Rose said...

that shines :) well done!

Jeanette said...

Thanks Cynnie, he's coming along nicely.

Jennifer, that's just the effect that I'm looking for, so if you see it, wonderful!

vivien said...

This is looking wonderful!

Jan said...

You can see that iridescence/luminescence very well. If a 2 dimensional fish could glow with color, this one does.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful work :).
Stay inspired!

Julie Broom said...

how fantastic - it shimmers and delights!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

This is just fabulous, Jeanette! Keep on going!

Susan Liles said...

Wonderful job on the glow of the fish skin. Looks great so far!

Jeanette said...

Thanks Vivien.

Jsn, I,m happy that effect is coming across. It's what I'm aiming for.

Michelle, thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment.

Thanks Julie, its starting to look quite fishy. :)

More painting this weekend on it I hope Elizabeth unless I can squeeze some in tonight.

Susan, you never know the intricacies and colour shifts until you examine something closely. The fish is quite interesting to paint. I think he may have another chap joining him later.

Lana said...

I'm really enjoying your posts and paintings. Thanks for sharing! ^_^