I remembered what it was that I loved about painting the koi — the abstractness. Everybody paints these things differently. Other koi painters love detail. But I had looked to the koi as a subject in my first koi painting because I wanted something that was abstract yet represented something. I like to paint stuff. And koi are great stuff!
And the faces. I find the abstractness in the small parts of the painting. Maybe when they are finished, I’ll have represented them whiskers and all… who knows? But this playing around with planes of color — and all the delicious difference of a color that is a nuance warmer or yellower or something-or-other-er than its surroundings — all that play of paint just delights me like a kid with a crayon box.
This, friends, is why I became a painter!