While floating peacefully through this amazing forest of kelp that extended above us to the surface, we encountered a Giant Kelpfish suspended motionless upside down trying its best to blend in with the leaves that surrounded it. As we moved closer, it gently swam off, its elongated body undulating in striking yellow waves.
Later that day after my body warmed back up from the chilly 52 degree water, I did a quick watercolor sketch to frame up the event in my mind. The series of sketches and the final painting are a result of that experience.
Many thanks to Scott, my divemaster and the other folks at Aquarius Dive Shop for a great dive experience in Monterey.
|At the Bottom of Monterey Bay,
Watercolor sketch, 5 x 7.
And then when I returned to the studio, refined it further with this oil sketch.
oil on panel, 8 x 14"
I then roughed out the painting on a large 24 x 48" birch panel.
Here is the piece as it stands today. I am still adding details to the
bottom and filling out the entire composition.
|Kelpfish! - In Progress. Oil on Panel, 36" x 48".