painted nature

The ART of Natural history- fish portraiture:

(This is an approximation of the first one of ten posts that went missing in action. I hope they come back alive, but until then…)

The Avon River still has fish, bird and plant life in spite of winding through a city of 400,000 people.

These pencil and watercolour drawings of our fish species were part of a poster commissioned by the Canterbury Earthquake Repair Authority.

Fish aren’t always what I’d call “cute” so I endeavoured to  give some of them expressions that hinted at some kind of personality.

Painted fish of the Avon, number 2

Painted fish from the Avon, number 3

 

painted fish from the Avon, number 1

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