Description 'Lighthouse Reef' 4 x 5 - Oil on canvas
A few of my favorite Caribbean reef fish. A Stoplight Parrotfish, Juvenal Wrasse and a brilliant Yellow-tailed Damsel, swimming with other tropical reef fish though a lush forest of bright corals and sponges.
Light House Reef is off the coast of Belize. I love the natural light that sparkles through the gin clear water on a bright Caribbean day. I try to memorize a reef scene in the same studying-way I would if I were drawing the scene. My paintings come together after many dives; favorite scenes become anchored in the sands of my mind. My paintings are not from photographs; in my mind, they are in motion; the light sparkles in prisms and small fish dart around the corals and sponges.
I am in awe: observing the smallest coral head and the reef creatures that call it home, so I make a dull dive buddy. In this calm observing state, I anchor views in my mind forever. It is also when the funniest things happen. Amazingly, curious sea creatures come to me, when other divers are out desperately looking for them. On such one dive; I was kneeling in the sand watching a big grouper at a cleaning station, when it felt as if someone was looking over my shoulder. I turned to see 3 dolphins calmly hanging vertically behind me, at arms reach, watching: watching me watch the fish. The curious look of, What the heck is she looking at? was on all 3 faces. If I ever drown on a dive, it will be from laughing too hard, or being so taken with the beauty: I simply forget to breathe.
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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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