1. Squiggles and smears of yellowish masking fluid reserve white paper for future reflections of light. 

The fish are defined and given some 3-dimensional form with a light glaze of blue-gray. The painting will become very "busy" so it's helpful to keep track of the main characters. 
Koi #1 - watercolor demonstration of colorful koi
3.  Areas that were masked become more obvious with the application of more paint. 

No two koi have identical patterns and these appear to be splashed with brilliant orange paint. 
4.  The black pond liner provides the perfect backdrop for the colorful fish and bright reflections. To create the illusion of a bottomless pond, dark greens and blues were applied around the fish.
2.  A combination of hard and soft edges, and patches of vibrant color already evoke energy in this piece.

Some of the fish are blurred and distorted to portray the effect which moving water has on submerged objects.
5.  The masking was removed which left a forest of stark white shapes. Some were blurred on the edges, others painted over with different blues, greens and a dash of orange.

The fish glide smoothly and effortlessly beneath the rippling surface.
The swirling, shimmering surface of a pond, churned up by koi, bends and reflects light to create weird and distorted shapes. The bright colors and sense of movement make this a lively painting. 

Watercolor Demo
Koi #1
Koi #1
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Watercolor demo step 1 of koi fish by artist Lisa Hill
Watercolor demo step 2 of koi fish by artist Lisa Hill
Watercolor demo step 3 of koi fish by artist Lisa Hill
Watercolor demo step 4 of koi fish by artist Lisa Hill
Watercolor demo step 5 of koi fish by artist Lisa Hill
Watercolor painting by Lisa Hill of koi fish
Watercolor painting of koi fish by artist Lisa Hill
A companion piece to Koi #1 is this painting to the right, Koi #2

A few of the same players are on the stage.
Koi #2
14"x11" mounted on board, 
sealed with acrylic, no frame

$225    ©2014
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