The painting was done in 4 dives. The sunken ship lies underwater at about 15 meters deep, and has been inhabited by sea creatures and has corals grown over. It became home to lionfish, moray eels, and lots of smaller fish. The turtle that leaves nearby refused to be pictured, while the stingray always tried to escape or get under the sand, with only the eyes sticking out. Only the lionfish were very comfortable. Every time when they saw me, they would come out directly onto me, fluffing up their poisonous fins.
To be fair, lionfish always come out when they see me. Might be that the color and shape of my “squirrel ears” remind them of a friend – or foe. I always paint lionfish in bright and quick strokes, as they do not like to stay still.
P.S. Underwater artist Olga Belka appreciates the Diving Center «Anthias Divers» in Sharm El Sheikh for all the help and support in creating this painting.