Catch of the Day

The Story Behind the Painting

Well I’ve made some very good friends while camping at Wuruma Dam just 2.5hrs south west of Bundaberg. My friend Cynthia wanted me to paint a series of images from on and around the dam, she had already picked a Pelican and a Shag and the Red claw been the third.

This was first painting in the series and this is the red claw they caught. As you can see once we washed it in a bucket of water his colours were so vivid in the sunlight. Red claw is a fresh water Yabbie and a pest to the area.

My Painting Process

The initial outline marked out on the paper, I chose not to include the whole of the feelers as these are about as long as the whole red claw.

The undercoat was finished with most of the lightest tones down first, as it’s much easier to keep building up to darker colours.

As you can see I started to paint from the tail and up the body. This was mainly greens with a blue tint, shaking the brush to create a rough pattern but also following the shape of the body.

I painted a light grey shadow and not the harsh black shadow the sun was actually casting.

More of the shell was painted working towards the large red claw, which identifies the males.

Here you can see that I have finished painting most of the red claw, copying the details off my iPad which is useful to zoom into areas and see the correct colour and fine details.

You can also see the small scale that I work in and all the fine detail.

This is one of the painting that I have completed while camping on my Australia road trip. It’s definitely a different experience painting out doors with the changes in the weather happening all the time.

Completed red claw with spots of white to give the impression of light reflections and water on the shell. It’s definitely been helpful painting all my smaller bug, stone and mushroom studies to see how light affects different textures.

Gouache Colour Palette

This colour pallet is close but has a few more additional greens and a cadmium orange. (Updated Colour Pallet)
I use Winsor & Newton Gouache on Arches France Watercolour Paper, 300g Cold Pressed.

My painting come from my own experiences that I have lived and photographed while traveling. By reading this blog, you as a viewer can now hear The Story Behind the Painting. Where, when, what was happening while I was photographing the wildlife.
If you want more details about my adventures checkout my travel blog website 

Enjoy, Chris Osborne

3 Comments on “Catch of the Day

  1. Just love this Chris, great to see it all framed up ready to go too it’s new home.
    It’s great too watch the pride you put into your work, very proud of your work ethic xx


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