Blue Crab Claw (RIGHT CLAW ONLY) Gyotaku (Fish Rubbing) (2015)
Acrylic painting by Odessa Kelley


  • Acrylic painting, Paper
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  • Size: 7.75 × 9.75 × 1.5 in (framed) / 5 × 7 × 0.05 in (unframed) / 5 × 7 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold framed
  • Signed on the front

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Odessa Kelley

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Artist's description:

Blue Crabs have been one of my most popular subjects, and now I have added claws to the line up. I have sold several sets of right and left claws, AND sets of the claws plus the crab. I have included a photo of what the two kinds of sets look like. This listing is JUST THE RIGHT CLAW. If you would like a set, please contact me, or look for the listing of the set you prefer. All pieces in the set are framed in matching barnwood frames.

This blue crab claw is made on Lemon Grass paper, which seems to suit them the best in my opinion, since blue crab are often found in grassy environments.

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 boxes.

Materials used:

A real blue crab claw, Lemon Grass paper, acrylic paints

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