This print is from an original watercolor, modified slightly through the wonders of technology. Printed on archival Epson Heavy Matte paper, the final image measures approximately 7.5″ x 10″ on 8.5″ x 11″ paper, leaving a border for framing. Each print is signed and titled.
Watermark will not appear on your print.
Also available mounted on a cradled wood panel, ready to hang with a sawtooth hanger:
- 8.5″ x 11″ unmounted archival print: $20
- 6″ x 8″ print mounted on wood: $55
- 9″ x 12″ print mounted on wood: $80
|Dimensions||8.5 × 11 in|
Lessons learned from this piece: It is hard to find photos of underwater sea otters.
I generally try to be accurate in my depictions of animals (aside from the liberties I take with the color, :)) and I rely on scouring the internet for reference photos. It turns out that it’s really hard to find photos of sea otters swimming underwater.
There are hundreds of photos of them floating around on their backs, munching on sea urchins, snuggling pups, or holding flippers/paws to not drift too far away. But to find a clear shot of one swimming underwater is extremely challenging.
I live a day-trip’s distance from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
I’ve visited there several times since I’ve lived in the Bay Area and have never been able to get a good photo of the otters. They have a really great program there for caring for southern sea otters. They actually have otters who are permanent residents of the aquarium “foster” pups that end up separated from their mamas so that the pups can be returned to the ocean when they’re grown and not have any unfortunate attachments to humans, which can make releasing them difficult.
Anywho, sea otters. They’re pretty cute. I’m going to avoid the dark side of otter behavior here. Sometimes we just need things to be a little sweet. Amiright?
The original painting was done in gouache. Gouache is basically opaque watercolor, meaning it is water-soluble, but not transparent. Layering it can be a bit tricky because things tend to blend in once the pigments get wet again. You can get a little peek at the process in this video.
Fun Fact! Sea otters live in loose-knit groups called rafts. Otters in rafts often sleep side-by-side, wrapped in kelp so that they don’t drift far from each other. Isn’t that adorable?