This image is the digital layout I referred to for a commissioned acrylic painting for a past client of mine who lives Singapore, a real koi enthusiast. He is the one who once deemed my paintings to be of an ‘ethereal nature’, I had to look that one up, it means ‘something of an outer worldly nature’ which is fine with me, any departure from the cold, computerized world that we have created is okay. I really have no term for my style, us artist hate to be put in a category so I guess ‘Naturalistic’ painter suits me just fine since it is so open and vague. Anyhow, I rarely do commission work any more I just like to do my own things, it is just a lot more enjoyable for me that way.
This photoshop manipulation deals with my favorite koi fish, the only butterfly koi that lived in our small water garden that my wife had named ‘Solomon’. We always thought he was leader of the whole water garden group, the other fish would always get out of his way when he passed by, then they would follow him around on his daily maneuvers. His long fins and tail gave him kind of a regal stature, like the long flowing robes of royalty as he made his way around his kingdom. In this composition I wanted to convey the feeling like this is Solomon’s own universe, and for all intents and purposes this was his world and as far as he knew there was nothing else except for these giants who from time to time would throw some food on his empire out of regal respect. This kingdom, was a long, deep, elongated, kidney shaped koi pond built by our friend, the late Christopher Noble in a tiny backyard situated in the mile square city of Hoboken New Jersey. This urban environment turned out to be the perfect place to raise pond fish because there were no predators around looking for some late night snacking, it was the perfect oasis to escape from all the craziness going on out there in the streets.
February 15, 2014