AQUASTAND (AQUASTAND) – DRAWING UNDER WATER!
Ichthyander, the hero of the story of the same name by Alexander Belyaev, is familiar to many. He could be under water indefinitely, playing with dolphins, but nowhere in this literary work does he mention that he was engaged in any activity under water. He saw amazing underwater worlds, but could not convey to anyone his impressions of them.
The first person known in history to paint landscapes under water was the Irishman W.H. Pritchard. He was born in 1866, lived for 90 years and all his life portrayed the underwater world. His paintings were a great success, they were readily acquired. Pritchard had many followers in the 20th century. One of them is Andre Laban, who worked in the team of Jacques Yves Cousteau, for 21 years. He was a chemist by education, so he developed a composition that makes the canvas suitable for work in water.
Modern equipment allows everyone to engage in art in the depths of the water. Oil paints are not afraid of water, with their help you can paint landscapes under water. There is something to admire: rocks, picturesque stones, corals, hills and sand valleys, sunken ships, sea inhabitants. Artists often paint in warm seas, but there are cases of immersion with paints under the ice. These are not just artists, but scuba diving masters.
For some time, painting classes under water have become a new sport, which received its name – aquastand. The founder was Boris Altshuler, chairman of the Israeli amphibian divers club. The aim of the aquastend competition is to popularize diving, increase its intellectual component, and update the concept of extreme sports. Only certified divers are allowed to compete.
By the number of competitors, easels with canvases are installed at a depth of about two meters, around which sets of oil paints, brushes, palettes and everything else that is required for painting are placed. The commission, consisting of experienced dive masters and artists, draws lots to draw easel numbers. The chief judge rotates the handle of the transparent drum, and one of the invited guests of honor takes out a capsule in which a piece of paper with the theme of the drawing for artists is hidden.
The duration of the competition is announced no more than 40 minutes. Participants on a team are immersed in water, accompanied by instructors, who indicate to everyone his place. Instructors will be present next to the artists, as required by safety rules. After the end signal, all participants must leave the water within 10 seconds. The works of artists are evaluated by a jury under the numbers. Each member of the jury sets his own rating, then the winner is determined by the number of points. The criteria are mastery of performance, degree of completion of work and compliance with the conditions of the competition.
The Professional Diving Instructor Association (PADI) has created a special training course for those wishing to learn to paint underwater. Since this lesson is only available with all the skills of scuba diving, those who do not have a diver’s certificate will first go through a course of training and training, the rules for safe behavior under water, and only then the features of underwater painting. After completing the course, a person is issued a certificate of an underwater artist. In Kiev, a long time there has been an organization of divers “Katran”, which also provides training in painting under water and issues an appropriate document. Classes are held in the Crimea, and in the winter in the Red Sea in Egypt.
Aquastand as a sport appeared only in recent years, but it has every chance to develop and become popular.