Saturday, January 07, 2006


The sea is a theme that recurs often in my work, so it was easy to find something for Illustration Friday this week. I'm fascinated with the shape of fish -- living or dead. It's something about their economy yet endless variation.

This is from a series I painted called Planes of Being. Besides the sea, I also used creatures of the land and the air as subject matter.

But now, back to the easel. I have a deadline on my calendar and panic in my heart. Nothing fishy about what I'm painting right now ... unfortunately.


Blogger Crescendo said...

Nice pics and illustrations.
Happy New Year !

7/1/06 7:52 a.m.  
Blogger Nan said...

Thank you for urging me to post to Illustration Friday! It was surprisingly easy. I am also fascinated with the shapes and color varieties of fish (I think it started from my intereste in an uncle's aquarium when I was quite young) and anything to do with the sea. I've taken endless photos of the sea.

As always, I am impressed with your work, Andrea. You are very inspiring!

7/1/06 8:39 a.m.  
Blogger Ellen Byrne said...

Beautifully crafted!

7/1/06 9:59 a.m.  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

this is another beautiful and deeply detailed expression of your life. I love your colours and subject matter. I hope the work is going well, don't worry you are a star!

7/1/06 10:04 a.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

Gorgeous - I love how lively you have made fish bones!

Hope you have some rewarding time at your easel,

7/1/06 10:20 a.m.  
Blogger Majane said...

nice textures!

7/1/06 10:31 a.m.  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

I thought for a while about your statement, "I'm fascinated with the shape of fish" and was reminded of a comment left on Kyknoord's blog where someone said that she had a "leg-humping adoration" for the word bovine. I love the humanity of it...that we all have things that we are fascinated with. For me its breasts. I don't know if its just me or is it a guy thing? :)

7/1/06 12:01 p.m.  
Blogger cosmos said...

Nice work indeed. Do more.

7/1/06 12:12 p.m.  
Blogger merlinprincesse said...

Nice nice nice! And soon, I will have one of those on my wall!!! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!
And for the easel, keep calm, take a deep breath an 1-2-3- GO! ;o)

7/1/06 1:29 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love that coral coloured texture that draws your eye in and then the fish swim into view! Including the fading ones! Great work!
(Artwork Anonymous - something wrong with blogger)

7/1/06 2:32 p.m.  
Blogger Anonymous said...

I'm back ... Great work again!!!

7/1/06 4:03 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Thanks, guys. Val & Caroline: it's coming, but s l o w l y. *Too* slowly.

Anonymous: Did you notice that the coral-coloured texture is (wait for it) "herringbone" pattern?!

Brian: I can't speak fo all women but trust me on this one: it's definitely a guy thing! :)

Merlinprincesse: I'm getting excited, too!..............

7/1/06 4:13 p.m.  
Blogger mrs j said...

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7/1/06 4:14 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dang that's what you get when you use the wife's PC, her blogger identity - hence the deletion. Anyway what I like about this is the interplay of the herringbome pattern, bones and fish form. Hey I'm a fan of the whole fish theme.


7/1/06 4:17 p.m.  
Blogger Anonymous said...

I did indeed Andrea! Hhheheeeeeee which are also coloured like coral!

7/1/06 4:20 p.m.  
Blogger Katili said...

You have done an excellent work here. The shapes of fish really are fascinating in this picture.

7/1/06 4:59 p.m.  
Blogger Calvin said...

This one made me smile. :)

7/1/06 8:27 p.m.  
Blogger Nabeel said...

why are the fishes on the right only have bones and no skin or meat like the fishes on the left?

nice work!

8/1/06 12:28 a.m.  
Blogger Shane said...

G'day Andrea, I lived in Canada for 15 years, 9 of it in B.C.
And when I first saw this image I knew it was created by someone from Canada. Love the blue, green and hints of red. And the fish scale and bones work well together.
Great piece of art.

8/1/06 7:15 a.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

A quick hi whilst I'm in small door knob mode - all this to save Fritz!

8/1/06 10:15 a.m.  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Very cool. Nicely done.

8/1/06 1:56 p.m.  
Blogger cream said...

Andrea, I love your style!
Your planes of being collection is so fresh and different! Great work!

8/1/06 4:02 p.m.  
Blogger carla said...

Andrea, this is so beautiful. I think I am especially taken by the predominance of blues and greens without a lot of strong orange and makes this very underwater-like. I love the swimming fish and the skeletons...a life cycle. Your work is so unique and inspiring:>

8/1/06 6:07 p.m.  
Blogger Toni said...

I always love the line work in your pieces.
the texture and layering is wonderful.
You have just the right touch of a complimentary color here.
Good luck with your new pieces. i know the show will be a huge success.

8/1/06 9:07 p.m.  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

Have you ever tried to capture the sparkling, electric rainbow colours of fish scales? Iridescent would be the right descriptive term, I think.

They are similar to some insects in that respect. Isn't interesting how mammals, birds (the brilliant plumes some birds have aren't quite the same) and reptiles don't have the same electric colours?

9/1/06 5:56 a.m.  
Blogger christina said...

I too am facinated with the design possiblities that fish provide... they have such beautiful forms: so simple and yet with infinite variation.

You know what I would love to see, ANdrea, is your work in progress. What do you look like at the easel? What does your work look like mid way through? I'd love to see part of your process... As usual, I love your paintings so much!

9/1/06 6:28 a.m.  
Blogger Natura said...

Great composition and very interesting and personal language!

9/1/06 1:22 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Nabeel: Check out what Carla said about the life cycle!

Nomad: Catching that iridescence sounds like a major learning curve, but I'm always up to a challenge. I'm going to have to think on that idea some more.

Christina: If you check out my archives, starting on August 5th I documented the development of one of my paintings. It was a lot of fun.

9/1/06 9:13 p.m.  
Blogger vfm4 said...

almost a home game.. :)

colors, form, everything...


11/1/06 7:30 a.m.  
Blogger Jaimie said...

I love your work, particularly the layered earth pieces. I wonder if I can buy a print somewhere?

12/1/06 8:25 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Hi Jaimie -- thanks for asking. Click on the "Art for All Of Us" link on my sidebar (the one with the sailboat picture on it).

12/1/06 8:53 a.m.  
Anonymous Barbara said...

Hi Andrea:

Whenever I look at your work I think, damn she's good!

I'm working away in my studio preparing for a September exhibition.

Thanks for your update. Of course I'll vote for you.

16/1/06 9:41 a.m.  
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