koi little pastel

The more things change, the more they stay the same — a good saying for artists who are practicing in the way that Degas advised them to do:  “you must redo the same thing ten times, a hundred times.”

I made this little koi pastel above so that I could be often practicing the colors and positions of the koi fishes.  It measures about 12 1/2 x 11 inches.  It’s practice for a painting measuring 40 x 60 inches.

These are guppies for the big pond.

I have redrawn this motif again and again.  Sometimes it transforms.

big koi april 9 drawing state 2 (2)

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