Paintings on the wall, Koi.

This image is a detail of a large painting on canvas that is currently hanging in my studio.  It has an open feeling that I am trying to retain while adding more structure, the delicate balance that is painting. 

Koi 2016, detail, oil on canvas, 94"x78"

Koi 2016, detail, oil on canvas, 94"x78"

What began as an abstract exploration, with plans of keeping the color weights medium and soft for a neutral effect, soon changed. While applying corals and cool green blues a fully formed large Koi head appeared,  instead of rubbing it out, I engaged. It seemed fresh, just vague enough with underwater movement, I could not have planned it better. In the past there have been similar instances when imagery seemed to appear and because it was not my 'plan' I would rub it out. Sometimes to my regret. So this time the Koi lives with the painting evolving around it. Allowing me to use elements in nature that I love, without reference material, just me. The POV is from above, shadowy branches and leaves shape the left side and top. This detail, the beginnings of a rock wall is the lower portion of the painting. The self imposed break from the painting allows me to think about the story and approach it fresh. This painting that was not planned, but must now be carefully planned. The pleasure and pain.