Why Do Mullet Jump?

Mullet Jumping
Watercolor, 5 x 7 inches

When I first moved to the Gulf Coast, I worked as a temp in a high rise overlooking the Sarasota bay. I remember two things. Brown Pelicans sailing past the high rise windows and Mullet jumping from the water as I would enter and leave the building. What a world!

Why do Mullet jump? It's an age old question. To breathe. To escape predators. To shed parasites. It's all conjecture. Nobody knows. I like that nobody knows for sure. I think that mullet jump for fun.

I made these Striped Mullet a bit more colorful than in real life to set them off the page a bit. All week I've made poor attempts at fish and have developed a deep respect for artists who draw and paint them. Not easy!

Watch Mullet jumping at a distance.

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Anonymous said...

A little hiccup here suzanne...can't see your mullet and when I click to enlarge the square to see if I can then find the image...googel tells me theres an error with the image. I'll try again later...

Suzanne McDermott said...

Thanks for the heads up, Ronelle! I appreciate it. My little Mullet were feeling neglected. I've reloaded the image now and I think it's good. Thanks again for your helpful tip.

Anonymous said...

oh wonderful, now I can see your mullet...its beautiful, as if they just jumped the water...such nice movement...and color...and to think they taste so wonderful too...now I'm really being cruel, non?

Suzanne McDermott said...

Non... C'est normal. Le p├ętrole dans le Golfe n'est pas. Je suis heureuse que vous aimiez le mullet.

Kristin said...

I love the way the white of the paper showing through the watercolor makes the water and the fish in this painting sparkle! I found your page through my parents, Chris and Virginia White, who have been in the exhibit design business for over 30 years and they found your page through Laurie McCarriar.

Suzanne McDermott said...

Hi Kristin,

Thanks so much for coming by and leaving a comment. It's great to meet you. I haven't met your parents but feel as though I have!

I appreciate your comment. The white of the paper is one of the players in the watercolor relationship. While there is some of the paper peeking through on this one, truth be told, I used a little white gouache, too.

Kristin said...

I'm glad to meet you! Your paintings are lovely and I look forward to seeing the future ones!

Anonymous said...

I think they jump because they're trying to be more than what they are; to reach our and try to achieve the impossible.

Thanks for helping and for the advice Suzanne. Right now, I'm seeking help from professionals. :D

Suzanne McDermott said...

Good, good, good, Hazel. Seeking professional help is very smart. I hope you find a good fit and a wise helper!