Warning: Use of undefined constant ‘WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’ - assumed '‘WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in /storage/content/13/1004513/unruleyarticles.com/public_html/wp-config.php on line 34 Warning: Use of undefined constant ’64M’ - assumed '’64M’' (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in /storage/content/13/1004513/unruleyarticles.com/public_html/wp-config.php on line 34 Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /storage/content/13/1004513/unruleyarticles.com/public_html/wp-content/themes/platform/core/library/class.layout.php on line 159 Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /storage/content/13/1004513/unruleyarticles.com/public_html/wp-content/themes/platform/core/library/class.layout.php on line 162 Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /storage/content/13/1004513/unruleyarticles.com/public_html/wp-content/themes/platform/core/library/class.layout.php on line 165 Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /storage/content/13/1004513/unruleyarticles.com/public_html/wp-content/themes/platform/core/library/class.layout.php on line 168 Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /storage/content/13/1004513/unruleyarticles.com/public_html/wp-content/themes/platform/core/library/class.layout.php on line 171 Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /storage/content/13/1004513/unruleyarticles.com/public_html/wp-content/themes/platform/core/library/class.layout.php on line 173 Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /storage/content/13/1004513/unruleyarticles.com/public_html/wp-content/themes/platform/core/library/class.layout.php on line 175 Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /storage/content/13/1004513/unruleyarticles.com/public_html/wp-content/themes/platform/core/library/class.layout.php on line 197 Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /storage/content/13/1004513/unruleyarticles.com/public_html/wp-content/themes/platform/core/library/class.layout.php on line 201 Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /storage/content/13/1004513/unruleyarticles.com/public_html/wp-content/themes/platform/core/library/class.layout.php on line 219 Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /storage/content/13/1004513/unruleyarticles.com/public_html/wp-content/themes/platform/core/library/class.layout.php on line 220 Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /storage/content/13/1004513/unruleyarticles.com/public_html/wp-content/themes/platform/core/library/class.layout.php on line 222 Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /storage/content/13/1004513/unruleyarticles.com/public_html/wp-content/themes/platform/core/library/class.layout.php on line 316 Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /storage/content/13/1004513/unruleyarticles.com/public_html/wp-content/themes/platform/core/library/class.layout.php on line 316 Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /storage/content/13/1004513/unruleyarticles.com/public_html/wp-content/themes/platform/core/library/class.layout.php on line 316 Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /storage/content/13/1004513/unruleyarticles.com/public_html/wp-content/themes/platform/core/library/class.layout.php on line 316 Don’t be Koi about Inspiration!

Inspiration month continues here at Unruley Articles … and today I’d like to talk fish.


Koi Carp

Koi Carp


I like fish – they’re probably my favorite subject for painting (well, I like woods as well, but it’s hard to combine the two).

I particularly like Koi carp. I love the serene and mysterious way that they glide through dark water. Silent torpedoes of colour against the blackness.

I can tell you the point at which I realised just how beautiful they are: it was a couple of days before I got married.

I was in Portland, Oregon with my wife-to-be. We were at the Portland Japanese Garden – it’s an amazing place: if you ever get a chance to visit, you should. Set in a pine forest, the garden is a beautiful series of vistas, linked by a winding path. Misha and I walked around it amazed: here was a bamboo grove, here a Japanese gate, here a zen garden, here a stone pagoda.  And here a reflecting pool filled with Koi.

We took lots of photos (see our flickr set for more)  – it’s actually pretty difficult to get a decent picture of them. The water makes focusing difficult, and has a tendency to reflect the sky and hide the fish. Plus the little blighters don’t stay still for very long – you line up a shot then with a whisk of their tail they’re out of the frame.

We visited the garden again after our wedding: a bittersweet visit, as I was leaving that afternoon to return to the UK, leaving my wife behind until we could get her visa sorted*. So that visit, and that time in Portland generally, made a strong impression upon me.

Small Koi

Little wonder then that when I was looking for something to paint, the image of bright, streamlined shapes against a dark background returned to me. I produced several pictures of fish — some of which hang in our home, others hanging in other people’s homes. There’s even one in a pub!

*My wife’s visa did get sorted, by the way, and she joined me in the UK a few months later. 🙂

Red Koi


Tagged with:
 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *