fishes and loafs

Happy bday, Cam!

This piece was a commission from my sister for her husband, on his birthday.  She wanted something in the vein of the biblical story in which Jesus fed the 5,000 using only a small offering of fish and loaves.  My bro-in-law has a fondness for salmon, which he finds pleasing to both the palate and the eye.   

For this piece, there are a bunch of things I'd like to have done differently...probably too many to get into.  The aspects that I think were successful are the textures on the fish and the water, and the composition overall.

With the completion of this piece, I finally get the sense that maybe my 1 year-plus "bear-phase" has come to a close.  *fingers crossed*