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Do John Dory have the blues?

YOU know how I love fish. Not just to eat - grouper and monkfish are my favourites - but to draw, as their lithe forms are the very stuff of stylistic art.

Red gurnard are particularly attractive, their box-like heads quite distinct from any other species, but the dear old John Dory runs them a close second, partly because of their sloping 'chins', which make them instantly recognisable on a fishmonger's slab.

This picture, John Dory in Blue, was inspired by examples of the species spotted in a Falmouth fishmongers' shop last week. Are they really as glum as they look as they dart around in Falmouth Bay? Does that despondent face conceal a brighter soul? That's one for you to ponder as you gaze upon my latest offering.

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