KOI FISH WATERCOLOR
Hello friends. Well, day before yesterday I stayed pretty busy working on 3 paintings! I didn’t start out intending to do that many, but I was “in the zone!”
This first one is a Koi fish. I added the background spontaneously after I painted the fish, so of course it makes the fish look too big for real perspective, but that’s okay.
I did this one with my Chinese brushes, but I was having a bit of trouble with them, because I’m not sure they are of very good quality. I do however, love the complementary colors of blue and orange together very much. The black Chinese ink I have is very different from the other ink I began using a month or so ago. My husband told me it is the same ink he used for some calligraphy he was trying to learn how to do over ten years ago!! I didn’t realize that ink was that old! So although I feel a little frustrated with the bristles on the brushes, I love the Chinese ink I found! I will be posting my other two paintings over the next couple of days.
I have also been practicing the first strokes Kazuaki Tanahashi teahces in his book, “The Heart of the Brush.” Asian calligraphy is tough! I think I have begun a very long journey to learning how to do it. That’s okay, though. Life is a journey, and learning Asian calligraphy and Chinese brush painting are companions I have chosen to take along with me on my path!
I hope everyone else’s journey is filled with hope, peace, and love today! Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug. 🙂