PSYCHEDELIC CREATURES, NUDIBRANCHS

Many of the color ideas I have for paintings are inspired by the otherworldly neon creatures of the sea such as nudibranchs. Nature can be garish and psychedelic.

If you think hummingbirds and butterflies are beautiful, then prepare to be amazed at the underwater fashion show of nudibranchs. They are tiny jewels decorating the ocean in every part of the world. Nudibranchs are gastropod mollusks that can be found from shallow reefs to deep seas, from the tropics to Antarctica. The variety of species is staggering, as are the colors and shapes of these tiny, soft-bodied beauties. 

Nudibranch, Nembrotha Kubaryana from Indonesia - showing orange mouth parts and sensory rhinophores, and green gills. High magnification photo by Lembeh Strait.

Nudibranch, Nembrotha Kubaryana from Indonesia - showing orange mouth parts and sensory rhinophores, and green gills. High magnification photo by Lembeh Strait.

Nudibranch - Nembrotha chamberlaini (Actual color).

Nudibranch - Nembrotha chamberlaini (Actual color).