The current painting began TWO YEARS ago! Hard to believe. It began with this drawing, a drawing that I never finished.
Well, I’m pursuing that thought now even without that drawing!
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.
I have redrawn this motif again and again. Sometimes it transforms.