Monad III

Close up detail of a colorful abstract painting on a scrap of drop cloth by MJ Seal that resembles some peculiar sea creature with numerous eyespots

Predator or prey?

“Monad III”- Original painting by MJ Seal. Acrylic on canvas, 26” x 16”. C. 2020

The starting point-

A very coarse drop cloth that had some interesting paint splatters. As I cut off the edges a fish like form developed.

The halfway point-

The coarse texture of the cloth prevented me from any fine detail work so the under painting took on a (relatively) simple zebra like pattern with what looks like eyespots- like you would see on butterfly wings or fish tails to confuse potential predators.

And after a few glazes of color-

For the coloring-in stage I started with the underlying paint stains that were left on the drop cloth and the rest of it just kind of fell into place
The tail
Little tendrils extend from the “fins”

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A maw at the anterior end?


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