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Sunfish



Oil pastel on canvas paper, with turpenoid in the early layers. 6" x 8" completing the foursome of sketches I did on a quartered big sheet of canvas paper. I'm enjoying this stuff.

I painted and drew this from one of the demonstrations in How to Paint Wildlife Portraits by H. P. McLaughlin, Walter Foster book #173. I think I'll use it to illustrate the book review, which seems like a good thing to do now since I finished my daily art so early today and haven't updated the site as often lately.

I still have more oil pastel books coming too, but it seemed like a good idea to do one project out of each book along with the review just to give an example of the sorts of projects included.
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paris365
Mar. 8th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
Looks a bit like a neon tetra, too. I used to have so many of those little characters when I had aquariums years ago...

I know I don't comment frequently, but I always enjoy seeing your art on my friends page.
robertsloan2
Mar. 8th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
I used to have neon tetras! I love those. Maybe I will get hold of a reference and do one -- or a little school -- of those sometime. They are much smaller and brighter though. I remember the brilliant blue-green stripe above the red belly on a Neon, they were so spectacular.

Unfortunately, they were always number one prey fish for anything else I had in an aquarium when I used to have one. Maybe if I don't put anything else in it but neons I can keep some alive in a bowl someday.
quentinwrites
Mar. 8th, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, that's a really happy piece. I like the yellow background; most people seem to think you can only ever put fish on blue. *rolls eyes* Lovely shading on the fish, too. :D
robertsloan2
Mar. 8th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
I know, it's funny that way. It fits to use a warm blue-green when I'm doing reef fish, but anytime I see freshwater fish they are in brown, murky green or golden gray lake water that hasn't got a speck of blue in it. I guess it's the sea salt that makes the water so crystalline bright blue in reefs.

Thank you! Yes, it is a happy fish. I like how it came out and matted it and hung it on my wall. I have some more sketches to post too for today, seems like today is my Sketching Day.
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