4 Koi, 30×40 inches, oil on canvas
I had such a good time painting this image. Can you tell?
Someone once told me that my work was all about the diagonals. Bright color too. But that’s a more obvious quality. The diagonals are instinctive. I never even thought about them until my friend Jim Mingo pointed them out. Sadly, he died. He last name wasn’t really Mingo. That was the name of his gallery. But I often used it to hear his thunderous laugh. It never failed.
On occasion, now, I do think about those diagonals … along with all the other compositional elements : active versus passive passages, my strokes, and more. I’m really not conscious of the dance my diagonal placement of the koi often creates as I paint these japanese carp. This 4 Koi painting reminds me of Matisse’s dance figures above. Dance away.