I finally made it to my Mystery Destination yesterday! Jeanette was right---it's a fish farm, a koi farm, to be exact, and the owner has the most magnificent fish I've EVER seen--all sorts of exotic Japanese fish, many of them of the highest show quality. While I was there, someone bought a fish for $1600!! In this economy!
I spent three hours sketching and took over 250 photos. The only time I've taken that many photos was at Monet's gardens in Giverny, so you can tell how besotted I was!
Here are a few sketches, all rough and exploratory---I am just beginning to get a sense of koi shapes and their way of being.
I can't wait to make paintings of the koi in their watery context. I'll mostly be using acrylic on board, but won't it be fun to experiment with Yupo paper and watercolors!
Finally, here's a photo of the kind of scene I had before me. You can see why I was so excited! Most of the fish are much larger than these, but this gives you an idea of the various colors and markings I saw.
I have posted more sketches on my blog Laurelines----go and see!