After a short break from painting this summer, I needed a simple, fun goal to get me back into the swing of things this fall. I felt the need to put paint to paper, but did not have the energy or inspiration to think of a subject, to make those important foundational drawings, and create a successful composition.
So I gathered a big supply of watercolor paper, loaded my palette with pure hues, and began playing. I reached for the colors that attracted me and I made marks with my favorite brushes. It was pure play.
Once finished with the “painting” I had the desire to cut it into smaller pieces and rearrange those pieces to make a more interesting composition. Once I was pleased with the new arrangement, I glued the pieces down on another piece of watercolor paper. The following photos show the “before” and “after” results of this process.
This is a fun and liberating mode of creating, and I plan to show these deconstructed abstracts in my upcoming solo show in February 2017 at Village Gallery of Arts, 12505 NW Cornell Road, Suite 14, Portland, OR 97229.