I never quite realize how happily working on the koi pictures gets my whole brain humming along They are large drawings, and a great part of the thrill of working on them comes from their size. I can hone in on a “small” part of the picture — which is really the size of a “regular” drawing. And yet I can also move through the picture, taking in its large possibilities.
The process of bringing the picture into being is gradual. It happens in steps of quiet transformation. It provides steady work too. And it’s always good to have something to do.