This painting was inspired by Susan's photo of koi carp that I saw over at her blog art esprit. She kindly said I could use the photo to paint from, but I'm afraid I just don't do it justice. It's only a first attempt though, I do want to keep trying. I've always been mesmerised by koi carp and the watercolours I've seen of them have always inspired me. I think I need to go back at look at some of them though cos I'm not getting the water reflections right. Still, it was fun to do! Watch this space.
Just wanted to thank everyone for their comments. It's made me think that maybe I shouldn't be so hard on myself and rigidly stick to an idea of how I think a painting of koi carp in a pond ought to look like, and just enjoy what actually came out instead. So thanks!