Tuesday, June 07, 2011
When I get an idea, I often have to put it down on paper so it doesn't disappear. I've had this image of a solitary goldfish in my head for days and left the sea of blue that I was working on to do the start of a little study in preparation for a large piece to come.
The term nishikigoi in Japanese means "colored carp" and refers to the magical realm of koi fish. The Japanese invest symbolism in many animals and especially koi carp, the common goldfish being the domestic version of carp. Yamabuki: The gold fish represents gold, wealth and prosperity.
This is on 6 x 12 gallery canvas in acrylics. Its just the bones of it right now but will have more form and depth over the next few days and I'll see what comes of it.