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Thursday, 23 September 2010

An Acrylic art exercise using layers

I began by drawing the three fish and then carefully painting in a rich olive green/ variable background. I wanted a gradient of colour across the painting to give a sense of movement and add interest.

Once I'd painted the fish (using mostly thin washes and layers,) the green looked too contrasting - too different from the fish colours and I realised it needed warming up.

I washed over the green with a magenta and the result was this interesting mix of browns and an appealing 'deep-sea' atmosphere.

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish...


  1. Perhaps it's just me but the second fish down appears to have a remarkable resemblance to the Canton, Georgia blogger, Mr Robert Brague.

  2. This is fantastic, way beyond any skills I could hope for but it could hang happily on my wall. If I had a wall.

  3. Just you, YP.

    Thank you Adrian. It was fun!

  4. I just can't see past the blue lips on the bottom fish. Great fun. Well that's how I see it.

  5. It's a beaky-sort of thing - a parrot fish. (They eat coral) But with my own version of its colours...