“Bonheur. Tirer du bonheur de soi-même, d’une belle journée de travail, de l’éclaircie qu’elle a pu apporter dans le brouillard qui nous entoure.”
Happiness. Derive happiness from yourself, from a good day’s work, from the clearing that it makes in the fog that surrounds us. — Henri Matisse quoted here
The koi raises its face up to the light and air from the inky darkness, from the fish-filled spaces of under-water. Dear kind kindred face of living creature sharing this present time, living in it fully, having a reality known clearly to God, being.
The inky-ness of the water, of the paper, of the depiction — is difficult to get at that mystery adequately.