11" x 14"
date completed: 10/1/2019
Put together from several photographs, Koi served as subject for my Paint Parry October, 2019. In an experiment for a commissioned work, I used an aqua board, which has a slick surface. Subject for the client's painting involved lots of straight lines, hard edges and crisp brushwork. Aqua board seemed a good choice, but discarded the idea because it turned out to be too slick and easily damaged.
I started with a yellow ochre under painting, then applied cerulean blue with burnt umber for the water. Koi fish come in orange, yellow, black, red, gray, white and sometimes blue. I followed the actual colors of the fish in the photographs. To represent fish under water, I drizzled gloss medium randomly over the surface. I am pleased with the way this composition looks.
To top it off, I had the perfect frame; gold molding in bamboo design with beige linen inset.
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