If you've seen Nick's DVD "Innovative Watercolor" (from Creative Catalyst), you'll know how to do his koi paintings.
But it is so much fun to watch that first pouring of colors, tilting of the paper, watching the paper buckle (a big part of the technique) on 140# hot press paper, that I will just share here his steps we got to see. (Don't you just LOVE that blue and green and yellow mingling like that in puddles of color???)
(The three koi photos are Nick's painting in stages.)
This was painted late the last day and people were missing out who were packing up their vehicles and getting ready to leave while he was working. I began one of my own but had to let it dry in order to pack it away after 5 pm that day so no real batik look to the first pour (but I'll go back to it and do more later).
He was rushing to get this done so the first spray off of colors took it down more than he intended, I think. And he had to use the hair dryer a lot (he does use the hairdryer to push very wet paint around inside the "cells" he keeps separated). See how he pushed the fish down into the water by using a cobalt blue stroke of pure color around its body and then letting that blue bleed up into the body and over the tail? That's what I missed from the DVD (remember, I was watching, running downstairs, painting, running back upstairs, watching, etc...and missed a step, I think BUT I did this by instinct on mine because it just didn't look like it was in the water so...I got it without seeing him do it but was glad when I saw this done because it reinforced the idea that, yes, this is the way to get that fish down in there and not pasted on top).
So...happy painting, everyone! While all these ideas are fresh, I'm going to be going back to the geisha, the canyon and the koi and one other (a total abstract made from dropping a clean sheet of 140# hot press on top of all the runoff from the pouring techniques everyone was doing against the wall!) that I will try to bring out a bit.
Here's the start of my little curvaceous koi that had to be allowed to dry and packed away in the car to take the hour drive home. I'll have to try for the batik look on the second layer in the water.