I created “Koi in a Purple Sea” in a mosaic style, one of my favorite ways of painting. The objects are flattened with no depth or shading. You will notice that the colors change when a koi or water lily intersect. I left a thin white line around each shape to further define them. The strong colors are held together with a background of purple sea.
This is a very large painting, 30″ x 50″. I found an over-sized piece of watercolor paper at Meininger, a local art supply store,
and mounted it on foam core so it wouldn’t be so heavy. It is done completely in acrylics. Normally I would thin the acrylics and use them as a glaze. For this painting I used heavy-body Golden acrylics. I added an Iridescent Pearl paint to the lighter shades of purple to make them shimmer.
I am drawn to koi; they are a reoccurring theme in my work. Besides their colors, they have beautiful, graceful lines that are easily simplified without losing those characteristics. They are sometimes referred to as “swimming flowers.” They stand for courage, strength and perseverance in adversity. Others say they bring good fortune or luck.
Susan L Stewart