The fishes live in water and time. 

celestial koi 54 x 40 smaller

We live in air and time with our feet on the ground. Yet through watching the koi one can imagine the life of floating. And admittedly some experiences of time do seem like floating.

Koi fishes float in a field of pale blue, swimming and turning in every direction.  Here is a picture about floating, about drifting in freedom and peaceful serenity. Many of the fishes are orange-colored, contrasting brightly with the predominant blue, like beats in a music where the blue is the silence. The perspective is ambiguous.  One seems to see the fishes at the top as if looking at the water’s surface: they seem to swim on a plane that is oblique to our angle of vision.  But the fishes in the middle of the picture swim straight before us  — as though we see them from inside the water.

Looking up and down changes perspectives…

The celestial koi are angel-like in their elegant energy.  They rise and fall like leaves falling from a tree, like petals falling from flowers, like birds startled and scattered that fly off in all directions. The curves of their swimmer’s paths sets them free in equilibrium and energy.

Celestial Koi is a very large picture composed using two sheets of sanded pastel paper. Overall it measures 54 x 40 inches.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Celestial Koi

  1. Beautiful painting and post. I think after so many paintings of Koi your own mind may be merging with their essential nature in some way. After all, where do you really end and where do they really start?

  2. What a delightful thought, Fritz. I do hope that I have indeed caught something of the kois’ brash attitude and their grace as I swim through my own life’s pond ….

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