Monday, October 28, 2013

Week 18 – Alevin & Frog Eggs

I was looking back at some of my work and found a little oil painting I did titled Salmon Alevin (Alevin means a young fish, esp a young salmon or trout, a newly hatched salmon when still attached to the yolk sac). I decided I wanted to revisit the subject matter. I like the abstract feeling of the composition—it let me think more about the brush strokes and paint color and less about the representation.
I don't know that fish eggs and frog eggs ever co-exist like this in nature. I doubt they do—I made use of artistic license on that part.
I was a little rushed on this painting, and that meant I stuck to acrylic instead of moving on to oils after the base layer. The quicker drying time was key. And a strict deadline was as well. I would have kept working on this if I had had the time, but I now like where it ended. 
My latest take away from my One-a-Week project is that I am all over the place with my work. I'm not sure what it would take to get me to settle down and work on one concept for 10 to 15 paintings in a row, but I do think it's something I should try to figure out.

Acrylic on wood panel, 8 x 10, $175
(prints available)

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