27 May 2010

7 days of creation watercolors artwork – Fifth Day

Posted by Moshe Mikanovsky


7 days of creation watercolors artwork – Fifth Day


Fifth day, watercolors and ink, 10"x13", 2010

Fifth day, watercolors and ink, 10"x13", 2010

Genesis 1, 20-23:

20 And G-d said: ‘Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let fowl fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven’.

21 And G-d created the great sea-monsters, and every living creature that creepeth, wherewith the waters swarmed, after its kind, and every winged fowl after its kind; and G-d saw that it was good.

22 And G-d blessed them, saying: ‘Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth’.

23 And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.

This was probably the most complex painting of the series. I usually do quite a lot of research and planning for the design. I use several resources online for free-royalty photography, where the photographer indicates specifically that the image can be used in creating artwork. For the painting of the fifth day, I wanted to use body parts of both fishes (who live in the waters) and birds (in the open firmament of heaven, aka the skies).

After some sifting through fish and birds images, I chose couple that I felt could work together. I was interested to show movement, direction, and create some relationship between the body of the fish, with its wavy fins, to the bird’s wing, with its many feathers, light and dark.

The water unite both fish and bird. To achieve that I used a “bird’s eye” perspective, and added some geometric circles in the water above the fish to represent ripples in the water, visually pushing the fish down under the water, and the bird above it.

I really love this image for few reasons. First, the bright oranges of the fish are one of my favourite colors. I also love the details, such as on the bird’s wing, and I think the movement in the painting really works. My eye can’t stop moving in a Z shape, down from the fish’ head to its tail, through the ripples in the water up to the tip of the bird’s wing, then left and up again to its brighter area, imagining where the bird’s body start. And then all the way back down.

I just love it.

This painting is part of the series, which I presented at the Israeli Artists Group of Toronto 2nd Annual Art Show. It is available for sale. Price for one painting is $300 (+ tax). For all 7 paintings $1800 (+ tax). If you are interested in purchasing, please contact me. The entire series will be available soon as Giclee prints as well. I will publish more details in the near future.

I will also show the entire series (with a new “Fourth day” painting) at the Riverdale Art Walk, aka the RAW, on June 5-6.



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