Little Fantastical Creatures

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Yellow-orange Seahorse in the usual Seahorse pose

I’ll be honest. I don’t know much about Seahorses, but am becoming completely enthralled by them. I mean, talking about prehistoric! The females impregnate the males, and the males carry the infinitesimally tiny creatures up to term. When it comes time, thousands of little Seahorses are brought forth into the threatening ocean waters.

I started looking at Seahorses, because I enjoy painting animals a whole lot. I’ve painted around 12 in the past couple of years, and I have no plans on stopping.

My housemate is an artist as well, and it was his idea to draw one(himself). Then I barged in and stole his idea. Oh well. His drawing skills are far stronger than my own. The finished pieces will be totally different, I assure you.

So, this is the beginning of my painting in acrylic paints. It’s driving me a little bit batty.

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Painting of a Seahorse, by Wendy Bloom, that just isn’t there yet.

Now, I’m not going to go so far as to say it is horrid. But, it’s just not right. I’ve looked at 100 photos of Seahorses, online. Though they come in a myriad of shapes and sizes( some have what look like tree branches sprouting from them), they also have a lot in common.

They look so delicate, and ethereal, and have so many bits and bobs protruding from them. There is something so otherworldly about their appearances. And there is a sweetness to them, as well.

This has definitely been one of the most complicated, if not the most complicated, animal that I have attempted to paint.

I probably need to do more sketches, and start another piece on the same subject.

Part of me doesn’t want to do this, but I sort of feel like I owe it to the Seahorse.

I always try to distill to some degree the essence of the animal I’m painting. Until I’m able to paint a Seahorse that truly captures their character, I believe I’ll just have to be patient and keep going.

And recently, I’ve been anything but patient.

 

2 Comments

  1. Seahorses are fascinating and your enthusiasm for this subject really comes across here–I can sense your excitement. I can’t wait to see what you do with this piece. Your first draft is definitely not horrid at all. I’m loving the sharp lines and the face already captures the sweetness you talk about in your post. Keep going:)

  2. The females impregnate the males? Wow, I had no idea. Sea horses really are incredibly intriguing, beautiful creatures. I LOVE your painting, the colours are gorgeous! xx

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