This painting came about from my research for a group painting my art students were doing for a special project. I had assigned eight students to paint koi fish in any style, composition and colors on a canvas I divided into eight 24 x 14 sections. One of the students chose to not participate, leaving me to fill the space. I started out by painting an underpainting of cadmium red. Starting with the dark shadows, I worked my way around the rocks. I used thin transparent paint for the rocks and blended the light and dark values until I achieved the look I was going for. Before I painted the fish in I got a lot of jokes about the rocks. "Are those eggs you're painting?" was a common one. Once I painted the koi in the egg jokes stopped. Placing the shadows of the fish slightly to the right and smaller then the fish helped me give this painting a greater sense of depth. Adding the third fish in the upper right corner of the painting brought a better balance to the composition.
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September 19th, 2010
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