In photographs or films or in real life, the reflections of ripples on water have always captivated me as do waves and flames and other natural phenomena that seem to move while staying in the same place. Images underwater are equally fascinating, and my goal here was to capture the dimension and movement in a static 2-dimensional image.
This was an experiment on a "velour" style of pastel drawing paper. I wanted to get both the smooth transitions of light and dark in water, and the clarity of the reflections without really hard edges. Because the tuna are in fairly deep water, the ripple reflections are a little soft on the edges, and the velour helped to carry that.
This piece is 18" wide x 12" high with a 6" wide double slate-blue mat with blue core and 1" wide silver metal frame with a beaded inner edge.
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