This little guy was in some shrimp that my husband and I bought recently, along with several tiny crab, and a few other types of fish. Please remember that many creatures are brought up in nets along with the shrimp that you see in your market. My wish is that there was a way to catch the species we want, but not the ones that may be struggling to exist.
This piece is offered framed. The barnwood frames are very popular locally. They are irregular and meant to have an aged look. Each frame is different and unique. I have included a photo of the framed art. This is the exact frame that you will receive.
What In the World is Gyotaku? Gyotkau (pronounced GEE-OH-TAH_KOO) literally translated means Fish Rubbing. Here is a basic description of how I do it. I paint directly on the fish (or other sea creature), and then carefully place the paper over him, gently rubbing the length of the fish. When the paper is lifted there is a mirror image of the fish imprinted onto the paper. After the rubbings dry I add the eyes, backgrounds, sign them using my "chop" (mine is my name in Japanese) and add my signature. I can usually get 4 to 16 rubbings from each fish (depending on the type of fish) and they truly are very different with each rubbing. Once dry, they are mounted on acid free backing OR rolled and kept in a tube. I use handmade papers, usually mulberry or rice paper, but I do like to experiment with other types. Each painting has the type of paper used in the description. I also try to keep my sizes standard to fit most frames, but the size of the fish can determine the size of the paper. Since the papers are shipped to me rolled in a tube or box, shipping a finished Gyotaku this way is perfectly safe. Your Gyotaku can be stored this way until you are ready to have it framed. I ship all of my Gyotaku rolled in shipping tubes or cardboard boxes.
A real baby Flounder fish, natural Lokta paper, acrylic paints