Over the past couple of days I've spent a fair few hours underwater photographing roach (pictured, with dace), grayling, brown trout and perch. The weather was very kind to me and for once the water was very clear (which is no mean feat here in the UK!).
Painting fish underwater is especially dificult without good refrence. I've never used a 'held' fish in any of my work, apart from using such shots for details such as scales, fins and eyes. there is no substitute for a naturally swimming fish and I hope this is reflected in my paintings.
I'm really looking forward to winter in the studio now. It's great to have so much to get your teeth into!