Pass it on! Moving Water

Today we’re starting a new series of posts on here titled “Pass it on!” Here you can find several pictures on the same subject along with some further useful information on what’s depicted. The pictures have been selected quite randomly and represent the whole period of Spray Can’s existence.

So our today’s topic is “Moving water”. Let’s see, which pictures we’ve chosen:

“Orca” by Ele Persen [I] (2014)

Orca whales, also known as killer whales, are highly social and intelligent animals, probably the most socially bonded of all mammals on our planet. These toothed whales are known to live in highly organized pods, which serve as lasting social bonds. They have their own culture with specific behaviors. Orcas are most frequently found off Antarctica, Iceland, Norway and Pacific North America. These mammals have been around about 11 million years. Compared to them, we all are just babies.  Besides, an orca’s brain is nearly four times the size of a human brain. Of course, humans and orcas live under very different conditions, so the manifestation of intelligence in the two species can be expected to be quite different.


ARTD (2014)

Painting water is quite complicated. Water is affected by its surroundings, like, for instance, reflections, depth or clarity. A careful observation of what you see, will help you to understand the difference of each type of water (river, lake, sea, ocean) and to recreate it much easier. One common difficulty is based on a desire to paint very bright highlights such as reflections of the sunset on the water. You can’t use pure white paint therefore and expect the painting to look realistic. Try mixing  a bit of yellow into the white for these intense highlights. The key to a successful water painting lies in observation, practice and remembering to paint what you see and not what you know.


by Catnip Crazy_2014

Catnip Crazy (2014)

The English term “jellyfish” has been in use since 1796. However it is considered to be a misnomer, since jellyfish are actually not fish at all. Jellyfish are really impressive creatures, for all their simplicity. For its mass, the jellyfish spends less energy to travel a given distance than any other animal in the world. These species are found in every ocean, from the surface to the deep sea.  If you’ve been stung by a jellyfish, you shouldn’t rub or scratch the affected area. Furthermore you shouldn’t wash the sting with fresh water, only sea water should be used. There are several kinds of jellyfish you’d better not come across in your life. The multi-tentacled box jellyfish, Chironex fleckeri, is possibly the most venomous animal in the world. Its powerful venom is able to instantly stun or kill its prey, like fish and shrimp.


by Afnan Obid

Afnan Obid (2012)

The world’s major civilizations developed along such sources of water, like for example rivers. They served as the source of life in very different ways. Venice is the most popular city built on water. Though Istanbul isn’t directly built on water, it represents one of the most important water-based communities in the world’s history. It is quite unique, because Istanbul is the only city that straddles two continents. The city straddles the Bosphorus, which is the link between the Black Sea to the north and the Sea of Marmara and Mediterranean to the south. The Bosphorous is not only a place of surpassing beauty, but also Istanbul’s heavily trafficked main street and the world’s busiest commercial waterway as well. Some scientists believe now that the Bosphorus did not slowly swell to its present size as a river might, but was flooded in a single day 75 centuries ago.

4 comments Write a comment

  1. What a neat thing to do, and you picked great pictures for the first topic!:) Love all the information that was written along with the pictures as well~

    Looking forward to the next topic!

  2. I really enjoy this idea, adds some information, and gets more artists’ names out there. Keep up the good work.

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