Benthos is about the creatures that live at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean.  The Brittle Star, a noted creature of this realm, is the main focus in this painting which is also about pattern and repetition.  As I painted these invertebrates I found myself repeatedly drawing variations of a semi-round shape to form the mouth of the sponge, the shell of the chiton, the center of the brittle star.

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