Hello all . I just completed this fun painting with an unusual reef visitor. I started on the reef first, adding interesting corals, sponges, rock outcroppings and then some small to medium size fish. I pondered for several days trying to figure out what I call the "featured creature" and came up with this strange looking hammerhead shark. This is all out of my head so who knows what the final result might have been. I am pretty pleased with the use of light coming down from the surface and some of the vibrant colors. This is a larger painting 40" wide x 30" tall, so it would make a nice statement in a room. I hope you enjoy.
I recently finished working on the new reef environment with a large sea turtle cruising over this vibrantly detailed space. I created the water first at the top of the painting adding light and wave marks. Then the reef, which took me days to design, adding sea fans, corals, sponges and rock walls. Then light hitting those areas from the surface. As the reef became more defined, I was able to add an octopus, a ray, and then schools of fish. As the reef grows and develops with the brush, I add banner fish and dimension . I then used a small brush with white paint and created the design of the large sea turtle and then added in the color , scales etc.. The turtle surprised me as there was a definite point of time in which it suddenly came alive in the painting. This is such a rewarding part of creating a painting. I can't wait to have this feeling happen again and again. Creating art is very addicting in a good way. Until next time....
John Garland Tyson
Artist of environmental wonder Thoughts behind the paintings