Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Modern Abstract View- Prehistoric Aquarium- Original Oil on Canvas by Erin Fickert-Rowland

I want to introduce you to one of my newest paintings, which will be featured in  the "Across The Spectrum" show at Zip 37 Gallery:

"Prehistoric Aquarium"

"Prehistoric Aquarium" ©2013 Erin Fickert-Rowland
©2013 Erin Fickert-Rowland, oil on canvas, 24 in x 36 in

This original modern abstract oil painting takes you on a unique journey underwater into the prehistoric sea.  Colorful ammonites are clustered on the stony sea floor, and surrounded by algae covered rocks, lavender and green coral, and vibrant leafy fronds of kelp. In the distance, a prehistoric organism swims among fan shaped seaweed.

Would you like a glimpse into the painting process?  

I work in multiple layers to develop a richly painted surface.  I leave bits of earlier layers visible to add interest to the color and texture of each painting.

Many colors are mixed by hand throughout the process:

Just finished mixing tomorrow's #painting palette- I don't usually like mixing the night before, but that's what needed to get done with the time I had tonight!

Here you can see how drastic the changes can be with each painted layer:

"Prehistoric Aquarium"-2nd & 3rd Layers

Detail of ammonite shells during third layer:

#painting in progress- this is a detail shot of my new piece- an abstract prehistoric seascape- ammonites underway- working on adding coral and working on rocky sea floor - a long way to go...

Detail of ammonite shells during fourth layer:

Adding more color and detail to the ammonites in this abstract seascape - getting closer to being finished!

And here I am in the studio painting!

Busy painting in the studio! I'm getting ready for a gallery show in June!

Some sections of the painting will have more layers than others.  You can see just how much I changed the swimming sea creature. Throughout the process I have to decide which details in the image are important to keep, and which ones must be let go.  Ultimately, I want to complete a painting that is rich in color and texture, and gives the viewer a unique experience.

These are detailed images from the final painting:

"Prehistoric Aquarium"  Detail 1

"Prehistoric Aquarium"  Detail 2

"Prehistoric Aquarium" detail 1

"Prehistoric Aquarium"  Detail 4

"Prehistoric Aquarium"

Modern Abstract Seascape Painting-Prehistoric Aquarium-Original Oil on Canvas By Erin Fickert-Rowland
© Erin Fickert-Rowland, oil on canvas, 24 in x 36 in

This painting was part of my show 
"Across the Spectrum"
at Zip 37 Gallery in Denver, June 7-23, 2013.

It is now available for sale online in my Etsy shop.


  1. amazing! I love seeing how you layer in the colors! and really like this painting with the fish creature

  2. Thank you, Cynthia! I had a great time working on this one- it was challenging creating an environment that was both completely imaginative, yet realistic enough to give viewers a fun experience!


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