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Fish #113 Twohorn sculpin Icelus bicornis ~ Ali Elly
Watercolour on paper 41 x 31 cm
The Twohorn sculpin is a small fish typically 5-12 cm long and may reach 15 cm. It has a relatively large head, mouth and eyes, and a body that tapers rapidly from a wide head to a thin caudal peduncle. One sharp spine is located in front of each eye and two spines behind. Like other sculpins, the Twohorn has two dorsal fins - the first is spiny, while the second is soft rayed. Twohorn sculpins also possess the large, fan-shaped pectoral fins that are characteristic of all sculpins. The caudal fin is only slightly rounded and has dark, vertical bars and a black spot at the base. The body colour is yellowish, with many dark blotches on the back and sides. They have no value and are not generally considered tasty. Like all sculpins, the adults are sluggish bottom-dwelling fish.
Ali Elly's designs demonstrate her love of the sea. Painting mainly with watercolour she captures the aesthetics of the shoreline and all things nautical. Working from her studio on the Northumberland coastline, with a degree and background in fashion and textile design she approaches each painting with a design aspect. Always searching for natural patterns, painting as much as possible from life, her style is always modern, clean and uncomplicated with a strong emphasis on illustration. Her paintings are created into surface pattern designs and they are sold as fashion and homewares. She has an obsession with the colour blue and all it's fabulous range of shades. This predominantly blue palette gives each paintings a even stronger nautical theme and makes them more distinguishably an Ali Elly Design.
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