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Under the Sea by p-e-a-k Under the Sea by p-e-a-k
My interpretation of a coral reef - inspired by the reefs off Matinloc Island, Palawan, Philippines.

Watercolour on Arches 300 g cold-pressed
40 x 50 cm

Definitely NOT painted on site. ;)
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Masasasaki Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
Wooow this is fantastic!! Did you use some masking fluid on the coral part? I really love it!
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
Yes, I used mask on the coral in the lower right corner.
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karincharlotte Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007   Traditional Artist
Hi Pat! Thought I'd have a quick browse in your gallery. Sometimes it's good to have another closer look. I love how you paint flowers, and they are what I noticed first. This is really lovely, and it's a different subject from your usual. I love the colours and how you've handled the subject. You've captured the feeling of the reef (it's a painting, not a copy of the photo).
I will have to try something like this. (more loose and free, and more impressionistic) Thanks for the inspiration. Yes, I agree, nature is wonderful and magical. Isn't that why we want to paint it, to express our love for our subject...? You do it well. :) :hug: :wave:
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007   Traditional Artist
I'm delighted you like my coral reef! :D :D Thanks a million for the :+fav:! :hug:
Yes, if you like diving or snorkeling then I think you should have a go ;) I had a lot of fun with my "underwater paintings" - I sort of painted them in my head while floating over the reefs, then out of the water for some quick sketches and notes. OK, a camera would surely have been easier, but I've given up on underwater photography; you need a hell of a lot of lighting equipment to get good shots.
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karincharlotte Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007   Traditional Artist
Oh this is even better...you painted it directly from life from observation and sketches. You are a purist and total original. I was figuring you used someone else's reference materials. I know it would be difficult to get photos of the reef unless you have special photoequipment. I suppose you could also get some photos at an aquarium, which is something I would do, along with various reference books.
I was wondering how long you've been painting, and if you studied art formally, or are self taught. In other words how did you get so good at it, other than practice and hard work? :wave: :hug: :heart:
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007   Traditional Artist
:lmao: You are a doll! :hug: I don't know about me being an original, but my paintings are, definitely! I'm very wary about using references from sources other than my own - copyright law and all that... With the exception of your shell challenge I don't think there's a single painting in my gallery based on other peoples material.
As for my "art education" - I've never seen the inside of an art academy. I only discovered that I could paint in my late 20s when, as a joke, I signed up for Chinese brush-painting lessons. Found out I was pretty good, stuck to it for 8 years, and even learned some Mandarin and Chinese calligraphy.
In the end though I got bored with it - wanted to paint what I saw, not imaginary Chinese landscapes or copies of old masters and such, but for the life of me I just couldn't combine non-Chinese subjects with Chinese painting technique - everything I tried turned into the worst kind of "naive art". So I switched to watercolours - mostly by following the advice in books, trial and error, but also with a bit of help from two "pros", one in Singapore, the other in France.
But watercolour painting was always a kind of on-off thing - this was a very busy time in my life, kids, housework, other interests/ commitments - I'm sure you know how it goes.
I've only started painting "seriously" 6 years ago, when we moved back to Manila... to a house big enough to set up a studio and (even more important, but don't tell anyone ;) ) my "bevy of servants" as one of my friends likes to call it. Of course she's just jelous! :lmao:
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karincharlotte Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007   Traditional Artist
Just briefly! I sent you a note because this deserved a longer reply and DA is acting up...so didn't want to risk losing it. ...:) :wave: :hug:
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007   Traditional Artist
OK! :hug:
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sea-of-tears22 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
beautiful. simply beautiful.
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JustinChristenbery Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Great technique:) Have you ever been diving yourself?
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006   Traditional Artist
Many thanks for the :+fav: ! :D
Diving? Me? But of course!!! Otherwise I wouldn't be so totally nuts about the under-sea world!
:lmao:
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THMarcondes Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006
very nice job!! sawyou on paiters club!!!!
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:iconp-e-a-k:
p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Shaimaaelshatter Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006  Hobbyist
Lovely painting, Like your style a lot.
and I 100% agree with you, I love the nature, trees,flowers, rivers andmountains. they are amazing magical, peaceful....etc.
living in the city make me appreciate it a lot when I see it.
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006   Traditional Artist
Ah! Another nature lover! :D
Thanks so much for the :+fav: !
:D
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Shaimaaelshatter Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006  Hobbyist
Love it and miss it a lot
ur welcome
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mruqe Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006
Nice colors!
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:iconp-e-a-k:
p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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ModularBlues Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2006
Watercolor! For some reason I thought of Finding Nemo, my favorite Pixar animation... and yes, nature is full of magic. :-)
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2006   Traditional Artist
What a nice comment, many thanks! :D
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zasu Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006
oooOOOooooOOOohhhh!!!! even mehr schoen!

do you know what kind of fish that is? parrot fish? or something else? (i used to be really into marine biology - wanted to study it at university - but that was over a quarter of a century ago ;)).
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2006   Traditional Artist
Thanks again! :D
If I'm not mistaken, this is a butterfly fish.... or lets say: my interpretation of one. ;)
Parrot fish are much bigger, with really bright rainbow colours - green, pink, yellow, blue, purple.... remember now?
;)
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zasu Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2006
ach ja :D
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AlenyaRoverkin Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006
Where can I order my underwater garden? :D I think my favourite in this picture has to be the coral in bottom right. I just love that combo of red and white. The scene looks so vibrant and interesting - makes me miss scuba diving which I can't afford right now. >< An expensive sport, you see...
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D I'm glad you like it!
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Cinnamon87 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2006
ooooh I like this one! very pretty. I especially like the pink coral and the stripy fish
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Cinnamon87 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2006
ooooh I like this one! very pretty. I especially like the pink coral and the stripy fish
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2006   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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KomicKat Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2006
How lively and energetic:) Great work!!!
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2006   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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rodica Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2006
I think if you would have paint this on site, it would have been called "plain eau" painting, right? :D

Wonderful colors mixed in an almost abstract way, but looking very realistic at the same time.
Your watercolors are always an inspiration!
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2006   Traditional Artist
Right! :rofl: Thanks for your nice comment! :D
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lapoall Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006
Another lovely surprise. Really impressed ciao
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:iconp-e-a-k:
p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006   Traditional Artist
Many thanks! :D
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cchan55 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006
Love the way you control the water flow in the painting, beautifully done.
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006   Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm very happy you like it! :D
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PhantomPorks Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006
knaller.
farbexplosion. genau das richtige am frühen morgen! :)
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006   Traditional Artist
Danke! :D
Ja, die Bilderchen waren sehr lustig zu malen - just let rip, YEAH!
Ich glaube, das werden vielleicht nicht die einzigen Unterwasser paintings bleiben.
;)
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PhantomPorks Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006
cool! dann freu ich mich auf mehr! :)
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musikmachine4 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006
very well done. i respect water color, its not for me though :) it takes some skill.
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006   Traditional Artist
Thanks!
And not to worry - we can't all paint in the same medium, now can we? ;)
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judylee Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
:wow: I love this instant :+fav: Great colours and technique:D
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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judylee Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
:blowkiss:
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milbisous Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006
This is lovely, I love the coral reef on the right side. Is this your...aquarium? Since I have many 5" X 7" canvasses, I was just thinking last night, of painting a fish, just for the fun of it and today you came up with fish:D
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006   Traditional Artist
Thanks - again! :D
My aquarium?? Hardee-ha-ha! I don't keep poor little fishies in captivity!
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milbisous Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006
For a while I was envious of your beautiful fish:lol: Nice job and kind artist:hug:
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2006   Traditional Artist
:D
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artvain Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006
Ooooo! :excited: I want one!

you are very good, keep up the good work.
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006   Traditional Artist
:rofl:
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