Last night, I had to go to the old house to check on how the floors looked (we had them refinished, but they messed up the first time). On the way, I stopped at the craft store to get electric candles to decorate our windows (gotta keep up with the neighbors!) I decided to go ahead and buy three canvases to hang in our master bedroom. Our “feature wall” is just too big and naked. I knew that I wanted to paint koi, but I wasn’t sure exactly how yet.
After dinner, I messed around with colors in photoshop to finis a color palette that would work well for both the painting and our brown/tan bedroom. Once I had a basic idea, I sketched it onto the canvas and started painting. I was up way too late painting, but I didn’t want to stop. I got all the backgrounds done. Next I will do the koi. They will be made up of crisp, flat areas of color – the only shading/blending in the painting will be the “water” background. I can’t wait to finish them and see how they turn out!
Click the thumbnail for some close-ups. All three canvases together measure 6′ x 2′.