I have had this painting brewing now for about 8 months after walking into a Japanese merchandise store and seeing a beautiful water colour Koi painting on the wall. This painting was delicate and gentle, showing the graceful movement of Koi. I dreamt of doing a painting similar to this, however never had the time or inspiration to do it. Last night while catching up on the blogs I follow. I was looking at Aletha Kushcan ‘crudely’ drawn Koi http://alethakuschan.wordpress.com/and was inspired. Aletha’s is an artist who manages to capture movement, spontaneity, vibrancy and colour so well. Her work is definitely not as dreamlike and gentle as the water colour painting I had seen before, but somehow it seemed to sit better with me. I was motivated! The kids were in bed, it was 7:20 pm, and I had time. I set up my easel and paints. Did a quick sketch from a photo I took of Koi in Hawaii. I wanted to capture my memory of them. The moment I walked onto the bridge crossing their stream they all started to jostle each other to get my attention. It was a beautiful dance of flickering colour, light and swishing water. My rendition of Koi is not as all gentle as the painting in the store, nor is it the same as Aletha’s, but it is a painting which is in tune with me and my memory of them.