At the Dallas Aquarium, the finished oil painting!

At The Dallas Aquarium or why you should stop playing with your smartphone and pay attention
At The Dallas Aquarium
or why you should stop playing with your smartphone and pay attention

So this is the real thing, I brought a HUGE canvas, it’s 2 meter by 1,5 meter. That’s 80” by 60” in inches.

I usually start of with a grisaille base painting.

At the Dallas Aquarium sketch
At the Dallas Aquarium sketch

For lack of an easel, (my stuff had not arrived yet) I hung the painting on the wall. Not ideal, but it worked. I had different sizes of steps to reach different parts of the canvas. Luckily I didn’t fall off any of them, although there have been some close calls! Unlike the water color sketch I now started out with working on the Water world. This is because oil paint is a different medium,  so requires a different approach. I really wanted the colors to stand out, and of course the foreground had to stand out really crisp and sharp so had to be finished last.

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So here it is: the finished painting. it’s official title is:

At the Dallas Aquarium

Or why you should stop playing with your smartphone and pay attention

1-aMy stepdaughter and her daughter gazing at the underwater miracles.

I really love this painting. It was a lot of work and took a lot of time. But I think the monumental size works very well for the subject, And the subject… only very rarely does one get such a special vision, something so unique. it really happens only every ten years maybe.

7 thoughts on “At the Dallas Aquarium, the finished oil painting!

  1. Thanks Susie. I am really really happy with how this turned out. It’s a very special painting.
    To be honest, I have to add that my stepdaughter was trying to make a photo, not checking her facebook or something!

  2. This is a gorgeous painting and I would love it to inspire conversation in our ‘Image of the Month’ Assembly at my Infant school. Would you be willing to let me use it for this purpose? Our music of the month is The Aquarium from the Carnival of the Animals and this would follow the theme perfectly whilst being a good conversation piece regarding use of mobile phones!

    Kind regards
    Tracey

    Please see our school website http://www.thelifecloud.net/schools/HertfordInfant/spaces/ImageoftheWeek

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