Marlin and Nemo by Reyhana Farooqi (Sister of...

Marlin and Nemo

24X24 inches. Oil on Black Canvas

This is the first painting I did on a black gessoed canvas, and also believe it or not, the first painting I did from a photo! Yes, it is true. All my other paintings were done completely by imagination. The photo was from a few stationary items I have by National Geographic (Pen, sticky-notes, mousepad). I loved the photo because of the colors and because I love clownfish. I love how it turned out. My colors are pretty close to the photo...only my colors are more vibrant and sharper, whereas the photo is more dull. I didn't like black canvas because I noticed that I had to paint on my colors 2 or 3 layers to make them bright enough to show up on the black background. I wonder why this is and if anyone can let me know if this happens to them or how to solve this problem I appreciate the help. I did like how you can use the black to create the depth and shadows. Anyway, this reminded me of the Disney film, "Finding Nemo" so that's why I named it "Marlin and Nemo." Hope you all like it. Thanks for looking.
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stunning work,great colors...jean (accepted)
over 2 years ago
Thank you SOOOOOOO much Jean! SO glad you like it!!!
over 2 years
Love your clownfish! Beautiful colors! Vibrant!~Joan
over 2 years
Thank you...the ocean is full of vibrant colors. To me, it's a heaven!
over 2 years
This is so adorable Rehana! I love the colours and the faces on the clown fish.. superb! You asked about using the black canvas as background.. the white usually helps to make the colours brighter as they are slightly transparent and the white enhances that.. with black you would have to build up more layers of paint.. or you could paint what you want bright in white first on the black canvas then add the colour.. hope that helps..many wishes...Marilyn x
over 2 years
Thank you very much Marilyn. That does help. I'll try it next time, and glad you like my clownfish!
over 2 years
Very beautiful and striking. love it
over 2 years
Thank you!
over 2 years
Striking work, the colours are vibrant, Chris
over 2 years
Thank you Chris...glad you like it!
over 2 years
I love this!!! You did a wonderful job. A note when you use black gesso covered canvas. Some people will do a complete under painting in grey and white gesso. They put in the shapes, and values. Then glaze on the color, or paint over it with straight color. I did this method when I first started painting. It works well. I just base in everything now with my color and go over again with glazed most of the time. Hope this was helpful. Truly do love this one.
over 2 years
Thank you so much Carol for the info. I'll keep that in mind next time if I do a black canvas. So glad you like the painting. Thank you!
over 2 years
I love it! The light is exquisite and I the colors are vibrant!. A suggesion to you question: You might want to paint a coat of white gesso where you want your colors brighter. Cheers! Line :)
over 2 years
Thank you Line for the info. I did try the white gesso method but it didn't work too well. The white gesso showed through when I put my oil paint on top of it and it looked real bad. Then I had to paint over it two or three times just to keep the white from showing. I have to think about this one. Anyway, so glad you like my painting and thank you for the compliments. I appreciate your advice.
over 2 years
BEAUTIFULLY Done!!i LOVE the Outstanding,Vibrant Colours!!Such a Sweet Little Fishes there Are!!
over 2 years
Thank you Julieann! They really are cute, aren't they?! Clown fish are very cute, and very tiny fish...nature just amazes me. Living things so small can have so much beautiful colors, and patterns on them. We really should appreciate what beauty this earth has. So glad you like my painting!
over 2 years
Soooo cool. Love it :)
over 2 years
Thank you!
over 2 years
beautifully done!!! love the fish!!!
over 2 years
Thank you...glad you like them. I appreciate it.
over 2 years
Oh wow, absolutely love it!!! Really superb! Bravo!
over 2 years
Thank you...so nice to recieve your compliment!
over 2 years
another of your gorgeous underwater scenes and love the fish. Warm regards susie
over 2 years
Thank you Susie!
over 2 years
this is whimsical, but also very beautiful and even still a bit psychedelic.
it's terrific.
love those green things. the 3d look of them and how you did them.
:)
over 2 years
Those green things are the sea anenome. It's a plant-like animal that lives in the ocean. Clown fish love to live and play in them. Thank you for the lovely compliments!
over 2 years
oh yeah, i've seen those, but don't they usually close up around fish? i feel like i've heard the clown fish are special (well obviously...lol...by their look!) like maybe only they can play in the anemome?
the old memory is not so good anymore.
lol
over 2 years
Good question Rebecca. I'm not an expert at Clownfish, but what I've heard is that sea anenomes have a poison on them that no fish except the clownfish can play (or live) in them. Clownfish have a protective coating on their bodies preventing them from getting stung by the anenome. That is amazing, isn't it?! Yes, the anenomes do close up around them, but also they open as the fish swim in and out of them too. I painted this from a photo and this is as close as I could get to it...but as an artist, we have the artist license to do what we wish in our painting. It doesn't have to be exactly (which is very hard to achieve)the same as the photo. Thank you for the question, and glad you like my painting. Thank you very much!
over 2 years
i love it even more now since it not only beautiful, but is also displaying one of the many fascinating miracles of nature!
over 2 years
Sis THIS THIS THIS is fabulous!!!!!! I love the colors and comp and how you created this using the black canvas - WONDERFUL - FABULOUS just super super great painting!!!! Your on to something here!!! I gotta try it!
over 2 years
Thank you Laura, So glad you love it that much! It really makes me happy! You should try a black canvas. Thank you for the FABULOUS comments!
over 2 years
Very nice work Rehana, I really love the colors in this painting.
over 2 years
Thank you Richard!
over 2 years
Excellent work the colors are stunning, I just love that movie!!
over 2 years
Thank you...I love that movie too! It is so cute, and one of my favorites! A great story!
over 2 years
I LOVE IT!!!! Those vibrant colors make those beautiful fish swim right off the canvas! You do have a lot of depth & wonderful detail. BRAVO!!!
I do love that movie!!!
Hugs
Annie
over 2 years
Thanks Annie! That movie has a wonderful story, and everything was so beautifully done...very realistic in appearance, and the characters were awesome! So glad you love my work!
over 2 years
You found Nemo, beautiful colours & light. Cute:))
over 2 years
Yes, I did find him...swimming right off my canvas away from his dad and wanting to find an adventure! Thank you!!!
over 2 years
wonderful rehana.. this has touned out wonderful.. i know your penchant for sharper tones and hue..so the original must be paler and duller in comparison to this painting.. and this makes all the difference between a camera photo and a painting.. you have done a wonderful job.. wonder why you chose a black canvas for this vibrant work.. not that it has affected the quality of the work.. but, a white canvas could have minimized the effort.. any way all is well that ends well.. the eyes of the clown fish are awesome..
over 2 years
Thank you Biswaal,

You are right, a white canvas might have been better but I chose a black one because I've heard that it makes your darks, darker, and your light colors brighter. I just wanted to try it. The photo had a lot of dark areas so I thought the black canvas would be easier to show the areas. Anyway, thank you so much. I always appreciate your comments. I love the eyes too!
over 2 years
Bold and eyecatching, I love the vivid colours
over 2 years
Thank you! I love them too!
over 2 years
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for Reyhana Farooqi (Sister of the Sea)
Reyhana Farooqi (Sister of the Sea)Hello all!

Member of the Ocean Artists Society
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I'm born in Chicago but belong near the sea, or in it. I'm a mermaid that can't swim. A very close friend of mine came up with the name for me, "Sister of the Sea." But you can call me whatever you like, alright? I'm mostly self taught, born with a natural talent. When I was little my Uncle inspired me with the sea and marine life. For many years, he's lived close to the ocean. Since then I've been attracted to, or "in love" with the sea. I feel somewhat connected to it. Like I'm a part of it. Our blue planet is badly damaged by human hands. I paint the ocean world to promote awareness of the need to protect and preserve it so it remains a beautiful,...
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