Untamed Land

Untamed Land
Untamed Land

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Sorry for putting up so many blog posts in the last few days. I'm sitting here this afternoon with the choice of getting some real work done or putting up photos of the painting I completed this morning. My brain is too fuzzy right now to do anything that requires concentration like painting.
  This one is a bit of a departure for me, a Carribean Coral Reef scene. The above photo was shot outside in dim winter light so the colors are kind of flat.
Princess Parrotfish, male and female.
Bluehead, male. I believe this is some kind of wrasse.

Four-eye Butterfly Fish with a female Bluehead behind it. I have no idea if these fish occur together in nature. I do know that they all inhabit Carribean reefs.
Carribea 24x12".
I would'nt mind doing more tropical reef paintings but I will need to gather more reference materials. There was a lot of imagination and guesswork involved in this painting. I only had one photo of each fish from an old field guide to rely on. Usually I have a half dozen or more reference photos when I try to paint something.


Colette Theriault said...

John, I absolutely love this piece!! I have kept and bred hundreds of fish over the years and I've always wanted to paint an underwater fish scene...You make it look so easy! Fab piece, and can't wait to see more fish scenes you come up with.

john said...

Thanks for the compliment Colette. I would love to see a tropical fish painting or pastel of yours someday as well.

Jim said...

Great painting John. As an avid scuba diver I can tell you that you caught the feel of the reef really well. And yes, those fish do inhabit the same part of the reef.