Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Under the Sea


Also known as the Hawaiian Triggerfish (much easier to say), the Humuhumunukunukuapua'a is the unofficial state fish of Hawaii. There are various translations of the word humuhumunukunukuapua'a including "fish with a snout like a pig." Another rumored reason for the name is that when it is caught and brought out of the water, it snorts like a pig. One of its defensive characteristics is its ability to puff up somewhat, wedging itself between rocks or in coral. When it is brought to the surface, this air is released, making the snorting noise. The word "pua'a" in Hawaiian means "pig." According to this version, the name, humuhumunukunukuapua'a literally means "fish who comes out of the water and sounds like a pig."

Humuhumunukunukuapua'a info found here.

Acrylic paint on a 6x8 inch board

24 Comments:

At May 02, 2006 9:56 PM, Blogger michael dailey said...

really like ur colors there very vibrant

 
At May 02, 2006 10:46 PM, Blogger ValGalArt said...

you did a beautiful job on the fish and the colours! it made me a little sad when you said the fish snorts like a pig it just seems like such a vulnerable sound and my dog rat snorts like a pig all the time and it is such a sweet sound! It would be very hard for me to eat a fish that sounds like a pig!

 
At May 02, 2006 11:11 PM, Blogger andrea said...

That's one fancy fish. I like the background patterning and even though it's clearly done by you, it has a different feel from your other work. It's lovely. Will it join the wall of fame?

 
At May 03, 2006 12:10 AM, Blogger Ellen said...

GREAT illustration! Always a pleasure to see your work!!

 
At May 03, 2006 5:53 AM, Blogger carla said...

Wow! This is brilliant in every way! The areas of black bring all the other colors out in dazzling contrast...the water looks deliciously tropical. I love this painting, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the stroy about its name:>

 
At May 03, 2006 11:19 AM, Blogger Sally said...

Man, it's gorgeous! I'm still waiting for my birthday gift from my mom (pens) to work on my IF.

 
At May 03, 2006 11:20 AM, Blogger Sally said...

Btw, you forgot to put lips on your fish. Doesn't every fish have lips? ;)

 
At May 03, 2006 11:32 AM, Blogger Rrramone said...

Great job. Now I want to go back to Hawaii! :-)

 
At May 03, 2006 12:00 PM, Blogger creative kismet said...

Spectacular fish!!

 
At May 03, 2006 12:14 PM, Blogger Rectite23 said...

The colors you use are absolutely beautiful!

 
At May 03, 2006 1:16 PM, Anonymous Sawah said...

sweet! piggy fish! piggy fish!
i love the checkerboard surfaces that commonly appear in your work and the fact that they arent always flat. :) makes me happy.

 
At May 03, 2006 2:12 PM, Blogger TXArtcGal said...

The vibrancy of the colors, and the image are fantastic! LOVE the background! I always enjoy your pieces each week!

 
At May 03, 2006 8:47 PM, Blogger Christine Walker said...

humuhumunukunukuapua'a.... I'll bet spell check had a nervous breakdown on that one. You did a beautiful illustration.

 
At May 04, 2006 9:17 AM, Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

I agree with Andrea, this has a somewhat different feel than your other pieces, even though it is obviously yours. I love the boldness of the fish and the background is beautiful!

 
At May 04, 2006 12:53 PM, Blogger ratlion said...

This is so bright and beautiful! And what a fish! I can see how that nose could resemble a pig's...
:D
Lovely...

 
At May 04, 2006 5:11 PM, Blogger Caroline said...

Wonderfully vibrant fish and thanks for the intersting info on it!

 
At May 04, 2006 6:24 PM, Blogger flossy-p said...

I really love your bright washy style and it really suits this great fish.

Thanks too for the fascinating story about the hummunnhanannanablahblah fish, learn something new everyday. In fact, I so admire it's ability to puff up and wedge itself in spots to avoid being reeled in, I might try and adopt that skill myself...

Time to make dinner? FFFFP "Would love to but I seem to be wedged in the couch"

Time to go to work? FFFFFFFP "Would love to but I can't seem to fit through the door"

Then I'd snort away to myself in a happy-evil-plan-accomplished fashion!

 
At May 05, 2006 5:01 PM, Blogger Tony Sarrecchia said...

Love the virbancy of the color. Gives it a feeling of motion.

 
At May 06, 2006 6:35 AM, Blogger LDahl said...

Wow what a beautiful painting!!!!!!
It is simply stunning.

 
At May 06, 2006 7:09 AM, Blogger Issi said...

Hello :o)I like your colours, keep in touch, Issi

 
At May 08, 2006 11:31 AM, Blogger Twisselman said...

So calming and peaceful. Beautiful.

 
At May 10, 2006 1:16 PM, Blogger The Unknown said...

It's beautiful but I'm not even gonna try to say the name.
love

 
At May 15, 2006 1:25 PM, Blogger Alina Chau said...

Lovely, love the color ... Ahhh!! Very tropical paradise favour!! I can smell some coconut pineapple drink ....

 
At August 18, 2006 7:24 PM, Blogger arlee said...

Oh i just love him! I had one a long time ago along with other saltwater tropiclas and he and the box fish were my favourites---thank you!!!

 

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