Mixed Media on Wood Panel (Acrylic, Comics, and Resin).
“One Purple Fish was inspired by my early years in Quebec. We would spend the summers in Petite Lac Long and “Go Jump In The Lake” was our motto. It brings back happy memories of the lake. My recollection was an ice-cold lake, but I was pretty skinny and young and was always cold.
This piece is a 20” x 20” mixed media painting on a wood panel with a resin finish. The background is a collage of the newspaper comic strip Sherman’s Lagoon by Jim Toomey. There is One Purple Fish swimming with a school of fish just trying to keep up. The bright aqua green overlay is vibrant and exciting and the resin overlay adds a punch to this piece.”
Toronto-based artist Gail Blima is a creative innovator who has explored photography, representational art, and mixed media. Her artwork uses the power of language to make a statement and draw out emotion. By layering vibrant acrylic accents over a collage base and incorporating the written word, she connects the audience to cultural references that are ironic, humorous, or directed from pop culture.