Capelin Run – Abstract Realism Oil Painting Art

The original abstract-realism oil painting below, tells the story of the traditional Newfoundland capelin run. Capelin are small smel...

The original abstract-realism oil painting below, tells the story of the traditional Newfoundland capelin run.

Capelin are small smelt fish that land on the beaches here in Newfoundland usually in mid-summer. They come closer to shore to spawn, and many end up washing up on the beaches. During the caplin run, it’s a common scene to see Newfoundlanders on the shorelines scooping up loads of capelin into their buckets.

The capelin are often left out in the sun on a flake to make “dried caplin”. These are often roasted in the oven, or over an open fire for eating. Fresh capelin are put into clear plastic bags along with water, and frozen. Fresh caplin taste great fried in a frying pan.

Capelin Run Newfoundland Art

Watch the video to see capelin rolling in with the waves.
As one can see, there are literally millions, and there is no problem to get a meal.

Capelin Run In Newfoundland

Capelin Run – Abstract-Realism Oil Painting

The artwork below depicts hundreds of capelin fish in a fishing tub.  The fish are intermingled, and all look the same.

I used a combination of greens, blues, and yellows on my pallet for the color scheme. The oil painting measures 36 inches by 48 inches, and is the largest of my recent artworks, excluding my Engagement Portrait Painting.

When I worked in the local fish-plant the last few years, I had to help process lots of capelin. The male capelin had to be separated from the females. The males were packed as bait, while the female capelin were often sold to Japanese buyers looking for fish eggs for caviar, commonly called spawn. Whole capelin were packed and frozen at that fish-plant, and trucked elsewhere for processing.

That fish-plant will not be opening next year, leaving about 200 people unemployed, myself included.

That is a very bad thing for many families, but although struggling financially at the moment, I have to look at the positive in the situation.

I do have lots more free time to focus on my abstract art. I am painting and drawing much more, and getting my art in the public eye.

This is something I did not have much time for before when I was working there.



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Graham Matthews: Capelin Run – Abstract Realism Oil Painting Art
Capelin Run – Abstract Realism Oil Painting Art
Graham Matthews
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