Monday, April 12, 2010

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Big Fish

This large mouth bass is one of three huge fish outside the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. They are mounted on ball bearings so that the 400 pounders can move freely with the breeze. I'm the F.I.N.E. Artist in Residence for the month of April. As part of my first day I did this painting in the parking lot and then finished it inside. The kids really enjoyed seeing it because it is so familiar to them. I'm giving the kids lessons on seeing nature as shapes. I'm using cut-out cardboard shapes that are painted with solid colors to show the importance of seeing the silhouette. A common mistake for lots of artists is to render detail before painting the large simple masses. The kids got it right away. They just grabbed the biggest brush they could find and went for it.

This fish above is named "Al" for the Allegheny River. It is 9" x 12", oil on panel.


  1. Glad to see your featured this month at CHP. CHP, as you know, has a very fond place in my heart. The fact that you are touching so many lives with your art is heartwarming to me, Thanks Annie

  2. Ron, I reall enjoy this painting...I wish Bethany could have been able to spend more time with you when she was younger...she would have learned SO much from you.