Sunday, November 21, 2010
...Under the Sea, in an Octopus' Garden!
"La Cave de la Mer"
Original Silk Painting on Habotai
(Acid dyes and mixed media on Silk)
There was a period in my painting career when I painted one "underwater" seascape after another. It all started with a piece commissioned by my optometrist. Several years ago, when he relocated his offices from the Wind and Sea area of La Jolla, California to downtown La Jolla proper, I was asked to create a painting with a sea life theme. This single painting soon evolved into a triptych (to better fit the proportions of the new office wall) depicting a fantasy reef that was dubbed, "Gordon's Reef". That commission set me off on a journey to many an imaginary reef or underwater cave where beautiful sparkling fish and sea turtles swam in azul waters. "Le Cave de la Mer" is one of that series of paintings. It is painted on habotai silk using acid dyes, and refined with permanent ink and colored pencil to enhance the colors and highlight the images.
Such a lovely "Octopus' Garden", don't you think? But, where's that octopus? He was always a shy fellow. Oh well, the other little fishes, seahorse and sea turtles are getting along "swimmingly".
See it now in studio 32, at Spanish Village Art Center located at 1770 Village Place, San Diego, California. Studio is open daily from 11:00 a.m. - 400 p.m.