Tuesday, January 04, 2011
When I first started printing shrimp I used a fair bit of paper experimenting with composition. Yes, I should have worked it out in thumbnail sketches first, but I was anxious to play with the little guys. Then suddenly the composition came to me. Sea monkeys!
If you grew up in the 1960's as I did, you may well be familiar with the ads for sea monkeys that every child begged their parents to buy for them. The whole 'sea monkey' issue is revealed in a 1974 CBC Archive. It starts at about 6:10 minutes into the video.
Now I don't have a fish bowl full of brine shrimp that I'm using, but they gave me an idea for the composition with their promotion of constant antics. In my shrimp gyotaku I've created my version of 'sea monkeys' tumbling down the length of the page in shades of phtalo blue and violet red.
These are printed using Caligo water soluble oil based inks on Okawara paper. I'll let the ink dry for a couple of days before adding the eyes, then the print is ready for wet mounting and framing.