Monday, August 18, 2014

Koi Klatch

Koi Klatch
Image Size 20" x 30"
Acrylic

I had so much fun painting this painting.  I started by throwing orange and yellow paint on it and then deciding where the koi were.  I wish I had taken a picture of it at that stage.  Then I poured and dribbled and dripped paint in many thin layers to create a sense of depth.

Before I threw the paint on it, I put on a base coat of thinned gesso and moved it around with a small piece of mat board to give it some added texture.  It doesn't show up a lot but in a few places, that texture definitely adds some interest.  This is done on a stretched canvas which isn't what I would usually work on when using very thin acrylics but I do like the texture of the canvas showing through.  I will probably try this again on paper and see how different it looks.

I've always enjoyed painting koi and I think this is my favorite so far.  

22 comments:

  1. When I saw the koi in my sidebar I just knew it was one of your paintings, Nancy. I love the levels of interest you've managed with your various techniques. Love those greens in the water too!

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    1. Thank you Sherry. It's really fun to keep glazing layers knowing that the underneath layers are not going to change when the water hits them. That's one positive thing about the acrylics. I do miss the sedimentary qualities of the watercolor paints though.

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  2. Hi Nancy,
    I enjoy seeing your posts of recent paintings you do. This one, "Koi Klatch" is really wonderful. I love how loose you handled the Koi and the water and that it has such nice movement!

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    1. Thank you Kathleen, it's really a challenge for me to paint so loosely but I really enjoyed this project.

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  3. This is fantastic, Nancy! Since I have a koi pond I've tried many paintings and I have never been successful in one! This is really good!!!!

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    1. Thank you Hilda. I envy you having a koi pond. It is so relaxing to watch them.

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  4. Nancy, this is a lovely painting. I especially love the colors and all the movement you created.

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  5. Nancy - this is really beautiful. Love what you accomplished here. The orange really compliments the blues you have used. Hope you are having a great day. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. You are so versatile, Nancy! I love your work in so many mediums. The encaustics were something I hadn't seen you do much of, so I'm glad I looked back to see some of those and the silk paintings. Lovely work!

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    1. Thank you Joan. It's fun to work in different mediums and I'm enjoying the encaustics so you will probably be seeing a lot more of those in the future.

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  7. A very lovely painting. You make it sound so easy. The koi are alive and enjoying themselves.

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  8. This is a wonderful painting, Nancy. I love the feeling of movement you've captured, yet so peaceful!

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  9. Such a creative, enjoyable project! Nancy, this is an awesome piece! I love the combination of realism and abstract, which is what makes fish in the water so mesmerizing in the first place. You captured the experience beautifully! It would be interesting to see it on paper for comparison, but I would understand if you decide not to. I have trouble re-creating pieces once their finished. It seems I'm just not inspired to duplicate what I've done.

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    1. Thank you Katherine. When I paint it on paper, it will be a completely different painting -still with koi though. I never tire of painting koi.

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  10. We'll this picture got,everyone talking, and for good reason. This turns out so well. Love koi anyway and really like the textures. Way good and therapeudic

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  11. Definitely do a step by step next time.The painting is beautiful and I'd enjoy seeing the evolution.

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  12. I'll try to remember next time. : )

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