In between times, it’s good to have something that regularly provides delight, and for me it’s the koi. I have to take breaks from them sometimes and draw other things, but then they are so delightful to revisit, and I strike out in search of some new thought to find in the old pond. It’s part of the rhythm of work, like waking from sleep, like pauses during the day, like holidays in the calendar year. Things that predictably recur and new things that surprise.
When I first began doing art, I never would have guessed I’d draw so many pictures of koi. But they are my “abstraction,” my excuse for dealings in pure color and pure line.