How I Paint

 I love painting fish! This is all a very self taught method of working, but it works for me....

just a flat surface and some masking tape to keep things very tight to the table.

 

 

 

After lining out in pencil on the silk I use a sparkly metallic gutta to outline the fish.

 

 

 

 

The weed outlines must touch the fish completely to avoid any bleeding when it comes to painting.

 

I always begin with the background. This is painted in in basic blues. I then move the dyes with a large brush,

plain water and quickly dry with a hairdrier. This gives the dimply watery look I'm aiming for.

 

 

 

The fish bodies are painted with very little colour to start. Darker colours can be worked in later.

I try to get a good contrast so the fish will show well against the water.

 

 

The weeds are given some structure and more work to the fishes backs, fins, and eyes.

It is important to know when to stop!

 

 

 

The finished piece is laid over the ready crunched and rolled foils ready for the resin stage.

A small sprinkle of gold/blue sparkle is added.

Resin is mixed and poured across the centre and spread over the entire surface of the painting.

This is not an ordinary resin and has been specially formulated for my work.

You can see here how the colour intensifies and the fabric changes over the texture.

 

 

The top acrylic sheet is carefully laid over the resin.This has trapped air bubbles which need to be pressed to the edges by hand.

Starting from the centre and working to the outside so the air can escape. Some bubbles can be really small and stubborn.

 

 

Here is the finished panel measuring 54 x 90cm (21" x 35"). It's now become very refective and so difficult to photograph!

It can now be used in wet environments such as bathrooms and kitchens for splashbacks. Beautifully sparkling and full of movement.