Koi Circles. 24″ x 36″, Oil on Canvas, © 2016 Cedar Lee
The viewer gazes down into the water to see two orange koi fish swimming in a graceful circle around the stem of the fully opened lotus flower whose petals are spread above the water’s surface.
This painting is simultaneously calming and energizing. For a feeling of focus and appreciation, meditate upon the circular movement of the image as you gaze into it.
I painted the water in tones of crimson, with violet shadows and yellow highlights. This unnatural palette gives the image a unique artistic flair and a joyful mood.
The painting continues onto the 2.5″ deep edges of the painting. Like all my paintings, seeing it in person is a three-dimensional experience.
The beautiful fish are full of personality. The thick texture of the paint follows their curved bodies and gently billowing fins.
White reflections on the water’s surface hint at the movement beneath.
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