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Fish and Reefs
beautiful-loser

Lionfish are an invasive species that are destroying the reefs off Florida and the Caribbean.  They have voracious appetites and consume dozens of other fish in every feeding, thus drastically reducing fish populations and altering reef ecosystems.  They can lay up to 30,000 eggs every four days, and their venomous spines leave them with no known predators in Florida waters.  Divers spear as many as possible and they are apparently good to eat.  This is the only time I have ever known the title for a painting before I began it!

You can see some in the Toronto Aquarium.

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Lookdown Fish

Believe-it-or-not, this is this fish’s name:  unless you want to use its scientific moniker:  Selene Vomer!  I’ve never seen these guys when diving, and took my reference shots through windows of an aquarium in Vegas.

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Turtle Glide 2

These great giant monsters make you feel very small – and ultimately peaceful – untill you notice their overbite!  I painted the watercolour paper with gesso to begin this painting and hence have areas that do not accpet the watercolour but add lovely texture, the feel of the coral. 

22″ x 30″

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All Alone

This is painted on plastic – It’s fun to work with since the effects are surprising and there is the extra challenge that water erases the colour – so building your layers is really interesting.

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Fish Market

Puerto Escondido is on the south coast of Mexico on the Pacific Ocean.  It’s a small fishing town with surf big enough for competition ~ and there’s a daily fish market stocked by local fisherman who carry their catch across the beach from their little white fishing boats.  The women clean them on site and off you go with dinner under your arm.

16″ x 20″

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fish on terraskin

This is painted on Terraskin, a kind of plastic that doesn’t quite accept the watercolour and makes for interesting effects.

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Psychedelic Fish

I back-painted the details after splashing brilliant random colour, and there appeared:  the fish!

10″ x 8″

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Chinese Koi

Tame fish in a pond – not quite what I mean by Reef Fish;  these were in the fish pond at the entrance to a Chinese restaurant. Watch this spot for what the Koi look like in their natural habitat!

16″ x 12″

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