Fish alive! Stylised painting of fish art… I think.

Aaaaand let’s have another go at painting the negative space to create the positive.

I still don’t have the courage to paint the negative in a solid colour, as artists like Fi Wilkie and Janine Daddo do.

I like that the layers underneath whisper their story, adding to the depth of the piece, bringing movement and colour and intriguing tonal value…

So, for now at least, I’m enjoying painting the negative in translucent paint, or scrubbing it back until the layer beneath can peek through.

fish alive stylised painting of fish art

The beauty of this style of painting, is that I always end up with a surprise. I didn’t set out to create fish art — this scene just revealed itself to me as I began filling in the negatives.

It’s also interesting painting on ply. I’m used to the springiness of canvas. The rigid nature of plywood lets me using scratching tools to create more texture and a change from the regular brush strokes.

It’s pretty cool, especially if you have some agro to get out! Scratch, claw, stab! Go ahead and try it — it’s very therapeutic!

Shine on!
❤ Anita Revel

PS This is week 23’s piece for my Art Challenge of 2015…  Follow me on Facebook to stay in the loopity-loop of my produce-a-piece-a-week challenge.

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