This is my latest koi painting in progress and third layer of oils. Decisions needed to be made for the final outcome and overall tone of the painting. At this point, I will allow it to dry for several days and return to it with a plan. Here are some of the questions and answers I have already formed, after reviewing it at a distance for several hours.
Which areas need to be darker or lighter?
The darker areas should be around the white fish and upper lily pads. The lighter areas should be located in the left lower corner. This will create a higher level of contrast. I also plan to brighten the head and front fins of the white fish.
What sense you trying to create?
A sense of movement and peacefulness. The water and fish are moving gently. With this in mind, the fins should be loosely defined in the water, and the brush strokes visible and random, but not too haphazard as to obscure the fish.
What is the focal point?
Creating interest with the orange fish and the lower left corner are my goal. I plan to add intense color and smaller brush strokes in this area, while further defining the fish.
What story are you trying to tell?
With the addition of colors and vibrancy in the left lower corner, your eye will hopefully be led to this location, as if there is something exciting on the other side. I would ultimately like to share a story of two eager koi going to check out the latest blooming water lily J
What elements do you hope to keep intact?
The current color harmony. Adding too many different colors will change the effect that currently exists, but I’m willing to take the risk. After all, the worst case scenario is painting over the section that doesn’t quite fit.
When working with oils, I use multiple layers of paint like a stepping stone, building layer upon layer until I feel the painting is complete. Both opaque and transparent paints are used, depending upon the desired effect. This method is certainly not for everyone, but if you are having trouble working with oils, it may be of help to slow down and examine the progress at different stages.
I hope to return here next week with the final painting, but you never know. Sometimes you just can't rush Art.
Thanks for reading ~ Eve