A Tangle of Capelin
12.5" x 21"
Watercolour on masa
While digging through paintings, looking for a particular one, I pulled out A Tangle of Caplin. This piece started life as a demonstration for creating a faux batik on masa paper. That link has proven to be one of the most popular links on my blog and I will soon be creating it into a more structured pfd download to make it easier to find and use.
As some readers may remember I painted this, then went back in last June and added some more intensity to the colour. The final piece shared third place with James Hollingsworth's Black Grapes No. 3 in the 2010 MAM Award for Best Picture of the Year on an Art Blog.
Well I decided that the 'Tangle' needed yet another wash of colour to punch it up a bit. A better image, stronger colour and I think I can finally say that the caplin are ready for framing. Maybe its an unrequired tweak but you know how yu just have this gut feeling about a piece and what MUST happen with it? Often it takes time before that revelation appears. My revelation comes with some experience behind it in terms of what I've learned over time regarding colour and value and how a piece 'speaks' to me. There aren't huge changes to the piece compared to the previous one, but the colours have intensified yet again. The colours are a stylized version of their natural colouring and fresh, these little fish are quite attractive if examined closely.