The smaller painting of the Rock Shadow idea so far brings another idea to the forefront for composition. The shadow on the bottom of the painting that comes from the fish is the opposite side of the fish that is not being presented in the painting. The side of the trout in the painting is not the side of the shadow that is presented in the painting. Essentially with the trout and the shadow being represented in the outside of the painting leads the viewer to ask, “What am I looking at”? The frame is thicker in comparison to other paintings but the deep ridges and knots allow for a lot of character to be present outside of the painting.
The trout has accentuated highlights elevated above the spots on its back to allow for more movement to take place in the most subtlest of ways with the shadow being cast on the spots of the fish from the lighter lines that flow in between.