Photorealist painting - Sea slug

Title: Sea slug
Materials: Acrylic on canvas board
Dimensions: 51 x 61 cm
Painted: 1999

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Sea slug

One of the earliest photorealist paintings by Bert Ernie was ‘Sea slug’ which was painted for a friend who gave it back when the home made frame fell apart. This painting was painted using a variety of techniques. Brushes, cotton buds, bits of rag and fingers were all used. The learning process of imitating a photograph, by painting it, was a hard one for me. It took many years before I began to feel confidence with tackling really difficult source photographs.

The sea slug is a ‘Nembrotha Purpureolineata’

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