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Fish #162 Sand Goby Pomatoschistus minutus ~ Ali Elly
Watercolour on paper 31 x 41 cm
A Sand Goby is a small abundant fish found all around the North Sea, British coasts and Mediterranean. Usually between 60mm to 95mm in size, slightly longer than a common goby and as its name suggests, sandy in colour. This small fish from the goby family can be notoriously difficult to distinguish from the common goby. It normally lives at greater depths, has eyes that are placed high and close together with a triangle mark in front of the tail. With no commercial value and living in inshore sandy or muddy waters and rock pools this fish has a diet of small crustaceans.
During experiments male gobies improve their parenting skills when females are present. The experiments, by a team including researchers from the University of Florida and the University of Helsinki, found that male sand gobies work harder at building nests and taking care of eggs when females are present - the first time such "courtship parental care" has been documented in any species.
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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