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jumbo painting of Red Rock crab – Marlin Peterson
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jumbo painting of Red Rock crab

This piece was a commission to be something nautically inclined, with crabs being foremost among the themes.  Given the opportunity, who doesn’t love crab and shrimp feeding appendages up close???

Cancer productus is a native of our fair Puget Sound waters, and is carnivorous- wasting no time wasting barnacles by crushing them in its pincers.  This piece is fairly large, 24×48 inches, and was fun to do because of the diversity in colors and textures.  I took some liberties to stylize some of the forms in pushing it further into the camp of “art”, and I am happy how it turned out- real close to what I had envisioned before I started.

This won’t be my last crab!  The next painting should be an even closer look at those wicked apparatus, (which by the way is the plural of the singular apparatus!)

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