This piece is 22 by 30, I have been painting each of the fish as you can see. This is basically the stage where you have to directly paint the fish while creating the three d space around each.
Nothing really to explain because this is all about your style. You paint each fish deciding what layer they will be in and you decide the colors based on the background and the surrounding fish. You paint the shadows where the Koi over lap. I started at the left hand side of the painting while trying to go around the entire piece bringing each area up a little at a time.
The gold area on the right side needs to be resolved and I’ll probably paint it brown and leave at least one Koi in the gold color, most likely two.