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Saturday, October 22, 2011

the art of fish

relief print in journal (detail),  ink 

The feast that Rita and I were treated to a few days ago got me thinking about fish. Fish and art, that is.  You see, the person who cooked the fish was an artist with food. And the subject was fish. I was thinking about this and started to notice that fish inspire many artists. I see examples all around me. And I have been inspired by fish as well, and continue to be so.

I thought I’d give you a little taste of the variety of fishy art to be found here. Some of it is mine and some is just what I’ve stumbled across in my local wanderings. Unfortunately I don’t know who to credit for every piece, but if anyone out there reading this can give me information I’d be happy to add it.

mosaic on wall of bath at ruins of Milreu (click image to enlarge)
This is just a taste of the many incredible mosaics found at the ruins of Milreu near Estoi here in the Algarve. These were made by Italian artists about 2000 years ago. Each little stone that makes up the mosaic is only about the size of a piece of dog kibble. They must have worked like dogs to make this!

broken tile mosaic on wall
This is a much more recent fish mosaic found right here in Burgau.

sign outside restaurante in Carvoeiro
This one isn’t a mosaic, but it is made of many bits. In this case the fish are cut and shaped pieces of metal.

journal page, ink, watercolour and crayon
Fish are fun to doodle. There is such a variety in the colour, shape, and texture. I think you could draw a fish a day for the rest of your life and never repeat yourself.

painted platter (work in progress)
I was visiting my friend Lotte in Pereira. His person rescued him from a garbage bin when he was just a pup. Lotte and his person live in a house that also has a tile workshop where people go for lessons. This is a platter being painted by one of the students.  The subject? Fish of course.

interesting fish graphics on sugar packets
For some reason fish appear on these sugar packets. I’m not sure what fish have to do with sugar, but they did catch my eye. I think sometimes that's the sole purpose of an interesting image - simply to catch your eye. Well, I guess it worked.
My friend (er, aquaintance really - he's a bit too grumpy for me) Bossy Pants at Ancora
Well all this talk of fish has made me hungry. I’m off to the back door of Restaurante Ancora where the owner Rex is always eager to feed a ruggedly handsome dog like me.


  1. I like drawing fish too, although in one recent painting they ended up as dashes...it worked though. Your fish is great with the bubbles in the background, it has character. (sure we visited Burgau once!).

  2. Thanks Ann. Is your dash fish painting on your blog? If you ever come back to Burgau PLEASE let me know. I'd love to show you and William around.

  3. ...very clever of you to locate all these fish and share them with us and your own fish creations are great...! Hope to see the final fish platter in another post!

  4. Love the fishy theme to this post - and I LOVE the fish stamps you carved, really lovely.

    Thank you for all the fishy images, they are gorgeous.

    Shame Bossy Pants is so grumpy :o(

  5. :) Nice discovery. The stamps are awesome.

  6. Thanks Celeste. Next time I go to visit my friend Lotte I'll have a look in the studio for the finished fish platter.

    Joanna and andrea, I'm glad you like the stamps. I'll try to do a post with more of my stamps soon.

    And yes Joanna, it is a shame Bossy Pants is so grumpy, although he has improved a lot since Rex at the restaurante has started to pamper him.

  7. I love painting fish too, Ruca, shame I live about as far from the sea as one can in Italy.
    Nice blog!

  8. Thanks for stopping by Robyn. Is there a good fish market near you? You might see some sketchable fish there.


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