Painting Lobster

Lobster painting by Catherine Forshall

I’ve been painting and sketching this lobster for a long time.  He has gone off.   There is a strong smell of bouillabaisse, but not as nice.  Our collie, Fizz, sniffs it appreciatively though.

Lobster on Financial TimesI find him strangely comforting.

I can’t visit the Aquarium in Plymouth often, so my local fish monger, Richard of Gibson’s Plaice in Exeter supplies me with fish he buys down in Brixham. Of course they are dead. The colours go off quickly.

Catherine Forshall painting lobsterWhen I received this lobster he was frozen. A fine dusting of frost covered him. One of his antennae had broken.

Ink sketch of lobster by Catherine Forshall, lobster on Financial TimesI started by sketching him and then I painted him.  I have to imagine him alive. By the time I had finished he had turned from blue to black.

Catherine Forshall painting lobster, lobster on Financial Times, tubes of paint

All photographs © James Forshall

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