Sunday, June 29, 2008

Koi, Finished

I have done as much as I want to with this painting. There are always areas that could be done differently or that could be improved. As I said in the previous post, the first thing I would do differently is sketch koi to learn their structure, then practice painting a single koi. Painting wet in wet, one has to move very quickly so familiarity with the subject is important.
I want to try this technique for painting flowers too.

Koi, 1/2 sheet Fabriano Aristico paper (22" x 15"), painted to the edges

8 comments:

RHCarpenter said...

Ann, I think this is beautiful! I like the way the koi are pressing in on each other, creating a bit of tension. I like the clean colors and bright orange used against that blue. Just beautiful!! And 1/2 sheet = extra nice.

Ann Buckner said...

Thanks loads, Rhonda. In this instance I think the photo looks better than the painting. Those sure are fat koi aren't they? :D

Deborah A. Léger said...

A half sheet of koi! Beautiful!!! When I build up the courage to try Chee's method, I hope it turns out a fraction as well as your's did,Ann! These are gorgeous! Wow, I'm so impressed! Love these!

Did you have some oranges, yellows and blacks in there before you painted the darks (before lifting)?

Ann Buckner said...

Deb, my first layer had cobalt, pthalo, cerulean, ultramarine, and indanthrone. Next, I placed in the yellow and reds which created the oranges and greens, plus added Pthalo Green in for more impact. Then waited for the sheen to leave the paper before lifting the shapes of the koi. I felt like I was on an out of control run away train trying to hurriedly lift out shapes that sort of resembled koi. It was challenging, scary yet exciting, even though I would have liked to have varied the size of the koi a bit more. Still I'm pleased with this first experiment!

Marianne said...

Beautiful!! Your work is AWESOME!

Ann Buckner said...

Thank you Marianne! I very much appreciate your comments as well as your time in looking and posting to the blog.

Anonymous said...

*jawdrop*
ermmmm.... Ann, this is terrific girl!!!! How I didn't see it till now? wow, a mix of envy and admiration is somehow keeping me from writing a coherent comment but you know what's going through my mind right now, I want to see more!

Teresa

Ann Buckner said...

Thanks Teresa! Your comments brought a smile. :D