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Friday Fish No.1

5 x 7 inches, Oil on Gessoboard- $60.

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My husband and I have dinner date night on Fridays and have three favorite restaurants.  So once every three weeks we visit The Big Bass Brasserie, where they feature first class food, wine and a brew master on site.  A very cozy environment complete with a  Bass in a rather large tank.  He's happy to be swimming and poking around the rocks and artificial greenery in the tank with him.

With this painting, I used my picture of said Bass.  I'll post that below.  I changed the angle of the tail to capture movement and I had fun spattering some darker mixtures and making bubbles.

I went into this painting knowing that I'd struggle on the water.  I must be oil or something, because water does not let me get close to capturing it.  So I decided the best way to solve that weakness was to make strong verticals for water then add a squiggle here and there.  

Strong verticals also add a nice backdrop for the obvious horizontal placement of the Bass...which is something he insisted on as being vertical in his world, could only mean one thing...he's hooked.

The real Bass!

He's got a name and might even be a she.  I asked the name but don't remember because it wasn't something easy like Phil or Sam.  I have a memory like water draining through a sieve.


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