Tropical Fish Art Demo

Finished Painting

I have been dying to get started on some pretty coloured tropical fish – it was a lovely sunny morning this morning so after I had done my errands I locked myself away in my “studio” and began. I used Fabriano Artistico hot pressed 90lbs paper for the fish and a range of colours – Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Winsor Violet, Cadmiun Orange, New Gamboge, Pthalo Green, Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine and Cadmium Yellow. My brushes are all rounds and are 00,3 and 6. I also used a wound up tip of tissue paper to lift out paint from areas that I wanted to get back to whitish before the paint dried. Let’s go!

Here’s the outline
Paint inside with dilute wash of Cerulean Blue and leave the odd white patch here and there for sparkle
Now with that wound up tip of tissue paper lift out white areas before paint dries as these will be yellow/orange in a minute
Immediately apply some Cadmium Orange/Cadmium Yellow mix where you want the yellow stripes to be – don’t have hear failure if things run – that’s the beautiful nature of watercolour. You can always dab any thing up if its really getting out of hand. Remember – you are not a camera – you are a painter!:)
Here I am dabbing still damp paint away from areas where I don’t want it like around his eye and under his gills
Now adding the dark thin lines either side of his orange stripes. Use a sensitive, hesitant hand and don’t be too perfect about it. I add spatter because I love to. Also paint in the smashing black spot and an outline around his eyes – again – leave some bits lost and others found. Let the viewers eye have something to imagine – this adds poetry to your work and a little piecec of you and how you see this beautiful creature. We all know it is a fish already.

Finished Painting




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4 thoughts on “Tropical Fish Art Demo

  1. Thanks so much Dawn! I am delighted to hear your feelings about this fish and my art! I have to say I just read your Dentyne Fire comment I almost fell off my chair! Have a fab weekend at the beach and watch out in those tide pools! Alison

  2. Thanks so much Dawn! I am delighted to hear your feelings about this fish and my art! I have to say I just read your Dentyne Fire comment I almost fell off my chair! Have a fab weekend at the beach and watch out in those tide pools! Alison

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