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