In my continual quest for the perfect fish, I consult the masters.  This little guy jumped out of Hokusai’s pond.  Or was it Hiroshige’s (is there an art historian in the house?) — well, out of the pond of one of those great old Japanese guys.  The old master was playing some scales.  Obviously he loved this fish’s scales — those beautiful scales rendered into refined patterns.

[Top of the post:  Leaping fish, after a Japanese master, by Aletha Kuschan, colored pencil]

2 thoughts on “Searching

  1. How funny, I’m currently painting a koi. You’ve draw a Magoi, or black carp, considered the luck and shadow fish of the pond. Nice scales.


  2. Mira, I’m a copyist on this one so I cannot take any credit for the image except trying to render it reasonably well. But I am not surprised to learn that it is a lucky fish, given the image from which I took it. But interesting the shadow fish being out of the water leaping ….
    Thank you for commenting.

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