"Hynotised Constellation Fish Over The Lithium (Caesium) Sea (2016)
Oil painting by Mark Eason


  • Oil painting, Paper
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  • Size: 11.69 × 16.53 × 0.01 in (unframed) / 11.69 × 16.53 in (actual image size)
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  • Signed on the back

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Mark Eason

United Kingdom

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Artist's description:

A fantasy landscape with a fantasy fish. I've been playing around with distance and the perceived size of things by placing small objects beyond or on the horizon. It's a tricky business.

Yesterday (May 2016) I discovered via the naughty "writing on the schooldesks" episode at the school that I do occasional exam invigilation at that a very naughty girl had defaced her desk during the exam. Poor girl is going to get into trouble as it was a new desk, and, she'd actually written her chemistry tables on it (which means they can figure what date the defacement was done and check the seating plan) BUT she helped me out when I examined her grafitti: she'd put the different metals that react with water in an incandescent explosive way and the colours they emit. And so I discovered that Lithium gives a crimson light and it's actually Barium, Boron or Bromine that give an "apple green" effect and I think it was potassium that gives a "lilac" (I'll check the desk again tomorrow) and Caesium that gives the blue, so that means my title for this painting is "chemically incorrect" and should be "Hypnotised Exam Fish over a Caesium Sea". I do apologise. I tried to defend her by pointing out that back in the 70s we didn't just deface our desks - we carved band names into them in a joint effort conducted over months, a bit like POWs in the 2WW digging tunnels.

Now this all means that I've got to defend this poor girl from punishment and also that I have to now do a painting with the "correct" Lithium Sea.

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Oil paint on oil paper.

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