Occasional news related to my natural science illustrations


Painting silver

Two newly completed paintings are shown here. These are  juvenile asian carp, the color of which is described as “silvery.” I’ve always found it a challenge to paint a subject with a metallic luster because the way it looks is so dependent on what surrounds it. In these watercolor & gouache paintings, I try to represent the luster with a bright white highlight along the length of the fish contrasting with a dark back and belly.

juvenile Grass carp, Ctenopharyngodon idella

juvenile Bighead carp, Hypophthalmichthys nobilis