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Art Show: Squid (& Other Deep Sea Monsters)

Squid Night At The HollowHeads

by Elisa Vegliante

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Art: Squid Night At The HollowHeads by Artist Elisa Vegliante
This piece was inspired by the movie “Meet The Hollowheads”: a movie about a family who lives in a world fashioned from tubes and squid-like tentacles. Anytime I see a picture of a squid, I think of this movie. The type of squid kept as a pet in the fishbowl of this painting is the firefly squid, sometimes called the sparkling enope squid. Known to science as Watasenia scintillans, it is referred to in Japan as "hotaru-ika". It is a member of the cephalopod family and is related to many other squid species throughout the world's oceans. The firefly squid gets its name from the flashing lights that resemble those of a firefly. This squid is famous for the incredible light show that occurs each year off the coast of Japan as millions of these tiny animals gather to spawn. The firefly squid is a small member of the squid family, growing to a length of only three inches (seven centimeters). It can be found in the Mesopelagic, zone. This piece was painted in acrylic on canvas board. I use a wet on wet technique combined with overlaying. Thanks!

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