Koi, 22" x 15", Fabriano Aristico watercolor paper. I've spent part of the afternoon learning to paint koi, working wet in wet. The lower left (viewer's left is a bit darker than is shown while the lower right has the reds, greens and golds along with the blues, although it looks like blue only.
What I've learned from doing this half sheet is to study one koi while I practice painting it. You have to be quick painting wet into wet and I often hesitate, walk away, come back and wipe out as can be seen by the white fish (or will be a fish eventually) in the lower left corner.
A lot of blogs show mostly completed work. On this blog one will see some good, some bad, but all a learning process. Cheng-Khee Chee has my admiration for painting the most beautiful koi paintings, which are by no means easy, as it takes a lot of knowledge and skill about painting and the subject matter.