I'm loving using this Gyotaku ("fish rubbing") technique to paint the fish I catch. The old, raw look is really cool sometimes, leaving just a monotone black & white image, but lately I've been exploring some fully-involved color studies. For paintings here, I picked a spotted seatrout (or speckled trout, or "Speck" as they're better known on the panhandle) and redfish I caught over in West Bay / Panama City Beach to really try and replicate the natural, vibrant colors they exhibit when they're alive. Those specks have got such a cool, mirror-like sheen that reflects just about every color you can think of, and it's crazy work to try and translate that with dull, opaque paint. Still I gave it a shot. I started with a traditional grayish, monotone print pulled directly off the fish (mostly just so I could work quick and then still clean and eat the fish), and once those were dry I used acrylic paint to meticulously add thin glazes of color on top of the underlying "fish print". My work is usually a little more off the wall in terms of composition, structure, color, whatever, but I'm kinda digging these focused color studies. Anyway, lemme know whatcha think.