I’ve always enjoyed visiting gardens where Koi ponds are a focal point. The fish swimming serenely in a natural, beautifully-designed setting bring serenity to me, too. As an artist, I love the contrast of orange & white against the deep blue water & dramatic black shadows. While my ancestral traditions harken back to central & eastern Europe, I can appreciate Asian cultures & the contemplative nature of their gardens & meditative spaces. Nature & spirituality are one.
The inspiration for this collage took its time coming to me. I painted the background & thought about the possible composition for days. About the time I stopped thinking about it (isn’t that usually the way?), inspiration came to me quite clearly. I literally saw the Koi swimming on the canvas! Funny how that happens sometimes 🙂
After completing this piece, I found out as much as I could about Koi. Various sources say it is a symbol of perseverance, endurance, & longevity. Others say it symbolizes love, affection, peace, courage, & tranquility. All consider it a positive symbol of qualities we’d all like to have in our lives. May those qualities already be present in yours.
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