Description Great Barracuda Drawn by hand - in India ink on paper.
The Great Barracuda is a smooth stalker and a lone hunter...
I was sitting on the dock one night, watching a 4-foot long Barracuda hunting; it was not a tough night for this fish.
Beneath a spotlight that was set up for night swimming, hundreds of Yellowtail Snappers lazily circled in the pool of light. Undetected, the barracuda lazily moved to the edge of the school and in moments had his target in sight. His smooth silvery coloring pulsed and changed into dark black stripes, like those of a Bengal Tiger. (No, I was not smoking). He struck his target so fast, that I could not detect any movement, just the sudden splash of the attack, five feet away, and the scattering of Snappers in all directions. After finishing his meal, he slowly returned to the edge of the pool of light, easing back into position in his smooth silvery coat. The school of snappers amazingly regrouped and resumed their calm circular swimming. With self-assured calm, he locked his sites onto a fresh target his bold stripes pulsing to life as the scene repeated itself This drawing was my tribute to such an incredible hunter.
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Savanna Redman, Caribbean Member Since November 2006 Artist Statement Nature Junky
I absorb nature, through every sense. Traveling, diving, sailing, and hiking through rain forest and exploring ancient cultures; their arts and ruins. It fills my mind and soul.
I work daily from nature, a leaf, a landscape, a green iguana, an orchid - there is beauty in the smallest things. It is the process, the focus of attention to detail, that enriches my soul, not the finished pen drawing or watercolor in my sketchbook. Recreating what is before me, in a simple sketch, anchors it in my mind forever.
When I am observing nature on location, I paint in watercolor or draw in ink. When I'm in my studio it all changes, sometimes only to do a rework in the same medium, but more often I wait and let the fresh sketch filter through my dreams and evolve into a completely new composition and different medium, more surreal but no less detailed. That process I cannot explain, it is an amazing metamorphoses. My sleeping self is much wiser and in more control of the medium and composition than my conscious self, which is a bit disappointing but a fact I've come to accept. I simply paint what and how my sleeping self has dictated - and it all goes smoothly.
While living in the Cayes of Belize and Honduras. I was wholly immersed and in love with the turquoise sea and all of the marine life there. I could have turned into a mermaid; it was not for lack of sea time. Dives filled with wildlife filter into dreams, and dreams morph into a Night's Tale, then into a painting. My encounters with wild dolphins were days of life altering joy.
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