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Under The Sea

I’d like to be, under the sea…

These art my artworks of how it feels to swim with the fish.   
This piece all started with the inspiring colours of sea foam in Llandudno Bay, North Wales. I then uses Snapseed to enhance the natural colours and then painted and smudged in the colours in Pixelmator. 

I added fish that I painted with sea water in Egypt, after I saw them snorkelling. I painted onto the fish in app to add more detail and how the light as it plays on them in the moving water. I added a swimming girl and beach scene to contrast with the myriad of colours in the underwater world. 

I love to snorkel inthe Red Sea. 

I then had a visualisation of a further piece that I wished to create following my figurative drawing challenge of a woman swimming towards the onlooker. 

I used similar techniques, again creating in Pixelmator and added my hand painted fish. 

  I’m missing snorkelling as usually we would be soon taking a trip but this year we cannot, so I’m satisfying my underwater love through recreating my experiences through art. 

Posts that made this artwork possible:

Painting Fish seen when snorkelling

Painting Fish Part Two

Painted fish used in underwater heartwork 

Painted Fish Used In Underwater (He)Artwork

Sadly we won’t be going to Egyot this winter. Which means I won’t be swimming with the myriad of underwater life in the Red Sea.
So I dove in and created this piece about how it feels to explorebeneath the surface. The artwork features my favourite fishy friends.

I created this piece using the Pixelmator app and added in layers using the photographs of the watercolour fish that were created in the previous art challenges. Those were painted with seawater. I have painted additional detail on them in Pixelmator to show the iridescence of the underwater light.

The previous related articles are…

Painting Fish Seen When Snorkelling – Art Challenge

Part Two – Painting Fish

Thanks for popping by. Have a great weekend.

Painting Fish – Part Two

I enjoyed the Painting Fish challenge whilst on holiday in Sharm el Sheikh. This is the post about that for anyone who didn’t see it.

Click on the picture to see the Painting Fish Art Chalenge
Click on the picture to see the Painting Fish Art Challenge

I always enjoy seeing Parrotfish and Clown Fish/ Anenomefish (the famous fish from the movie ‘Finding Nemo’).

I studied them when snorkelling and tried to really observe and mentally note the features and colours, and also how the colours change in the different light and from various angles when the fish is swimming.

Here are the paintings. I am not happy with the parrotfish, I really struggled as the paint set didn’t have the UV kind of shades I needed and my skill let me down.

Lunar Fusilier, Red Sea Bannerfish
Lunar Fusilier and Red Sea Bannerfish

 

Parrotfish
Parrotfish
Red Sea Anenomefish
Red Sea Anenomefish

 

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Art Challenge 11 – Painting Fish (seen when snorkelling)

Having had a wonderful early morning snorkel from the beach at our Red Sea hotel in Egypt I decided to paint the key sealife characters I had seen.

I have taken my Reeves set of watercolour paints on my past few trips. The set is small with a great range of colours and has space for a paintbrush. The colours are vivid and give good coverage, despite being watercolours.

For the first time I wanted to draw and paint the fish. I love the colours and shapes of the Red Sea fish and coral.

I used a biro to draw the outlines, (note to self, pack a pencil and eraser too for the next trip).

I would love to be able to draw the fish from memory but I find that once I get out of the water I struggle to recall their exact form. So I drew them from the small Fishes of the Red Sea book By Geodia, a handy little guide that gives key info about the most common species of the over 700 found in the Red Sea.

I have seen stingrays, eels, a turtle and thousands of fish on trips to the Sinai peninsula and Hurghada, my favourite are the parrot fish and I always like to find Nemo in his sea anemone home.

I carefully drew the fish then started to add paint adding a base colour first the. Adding the detail as carefully as I could. I was able to add the next colour soon as the paint was quickly dried by the sun.

The first fish species of note onmy 8 am snorkel were shoals of the piteously unremarkably named Common Bigeye. They are nocturnal so I was surprised to see them in caves close to the surface of the reef. They were not swimming but appeared to be suspended in the darker water.

Swimming on I saw five Onespot Snappers, these are larger fish these were close to the normal maximum length of 60cms. My book states is as a nocturnal predator.

Next was a large shoal of bright yellow Striped Butterfly fish. My book says they rarely leading a solitary life, and as I swam on there was a shoal of maybe 60 then a huge on of over 100. Stunning almost like fairy lights against a blue night sky as the yellow shone in the deep blue of the underwater environment, quite magical.

I saw a fish I haven’t seen on many occasions and he was a good size, the Bluespine Unicornfish. He looked petrol blue in the water, however my book shows him as green so I was torn between painting the colour I saw and the colour depicted in the book. I am least happy with his painting.

Final stand out fish was one of my favourite species, liked for its curiosity which means it often swims very close and it can feel like there is a connection as he/ she looks ate and I him/ her. On this occasion I spotted the Klunzinger’s Wrasse swimming with maybe 10 babies with the same distinct markings and I guesstimate they measured just 4 cms in length. Delightful to see but the parent became protective and se towards me to discourage going close.

The resulting paintings exceeded my expectations so it was a positive task which is idyllic what sat on a hot beach, bathed in sunshine whilst the waves lap the shore. It is November but still the sun is hot and soothing.

Part Two –
I often find that these art challenges make me want to explore a style or art task further so I am adding a section to the blog of secondary tasks in which to capture these.

I am quite a private person but public accountability and stating intention helps me to focus and gives me an output which gives my art explorations some feeling of purpose which alleviates my own hang ups about my art journey being too self indulgent when considered in the context of the world’s issues. I hope that this is a stage of my art development that wil enable me to develop my skills, increase my learning and will enable my style to emerge. If those who are intrigues to read the posts enjoy, feel some sense of inspiration or pleasure at reading the posts and seeing the pictures then that is wonderful and I am content. I only hope to have a more positive imprint on the planet than any negativity which my humanity creates.

Thank you and enjoy.

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