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Bruce Rohrlach
02-21-2000, 08:02 AM
Hi there. Acrylic (0.9 x 0.75m)on canvas. Harlequin tuskfish sheltering in a coral grotto from marauding sharks. This is one of my favourite paintings completed last November. Harking back to discussions on an earlier post - what do you think of the rim-lighting effect on the top-left coral projection. Is that the effect? or should it be more pronounced? I simply wanted to capture the vibrancy and activity of the reef in this one. Was just thinking another coral ledge extending towards us would have given a useful third dimension but have run out of space ?

Gisela - this is the "pleasing" orange-on-blue effect I mentioned in your recent Rocky-River post, and which Drew pointed out is due to the complementary nature of blue-orange.


02-21-2000, 09:30 AM
Gee Bruce, you've done it again!!!
Your paintings are really beautiful. I love this piece. The coral is flawless, and the fish are pretty cool too. I think you caght the action really well here!


irene clark
02-21-2000, 10:52 AM
Hi there Bruce,
I'm always pleased when I see your name posted because I just know I'll find a wonderful creation.
Awesome!!!! I love it. Great job.
I finally got my one and only fish on my website along with some other new stuff.
Visit when you can.
Take care,
Irene Clark with a heart for art.
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02-21-2000, 02:13 PM
Bruce......this is awesome. The blue/orange
gives it such a glow. I do agree that the
coral on top needs something to give it a bit more interest...and the fish could maybe stand more contrast to help it look less flat
but not much! Wonderful work


Bruce Rohrlach
02-21-2000, 05:28 PM
Rim-lighting the fish was suggested for an earlier post of mine and I think the same applies here Mich as you suggest. Dancing high-lites from surface reflection is a little beyond me at the moment. Maybe I simply need to see the effect in a photo to fully visualise what is required Mich - but I think your right (is it like some kind of lacy pale washed-out blue light interlinked down the side? (Hard to describe http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif .

Maybe I'm missing the highest set of high-lites to pull it all together a little more? The zoom below is just to show the brush-work on the coral. Sometimes I think the more I loosen up the better the effect, which is counter-intuitive to my intial way of thinking.


02-21-2000, 05:36 PM
bruce.....rimlighting is only if you want to show a STRONG lightsource. to justify an important backlight. you're still not comfortable with overlapping. with the shark,or anything in the distance, you should simplify. a simple light on top/shadow on the belly would work here. a two tone approach.....milt

Phyllis Rennie
02-21-2000, 08:24 PM
Color choices are beautiful--just the right amount of orange and yellow. Can you extend the coral on the upper right down behind the large fish and connect it to the coral on the right side to close that pathway of blue going out the right side? (Don't know how to get this to my editing software to show you what I mean so I'm hoping you understand the description.)

02-22-2000, 12:33 AM
Great job, bruce! I wish I could see the original! I think the light effect on the upper coral looks correct, but not as interestingly as the light effect on the bridged coral. Maybe it needs more color? I'm not sure, but maybe slightly more pronounced would be better.

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02-22-2000, 12:44 AM
To give the fish a more three dimensional look you might try some dancing highlights on the top of the fish, and pulled in a curve slightly down the side a bit. Reflections from the surface of the water.