Work on paper, Explorations with watercolor.

Working abstractly can feel like throwing things in the air and seeing where they land. The beginning of the process especially, then things happen and more deliberate decisions are made. A blob becomes a thing. 

Explorations 1, 2016, watercolor on card stock, 7"x7"  

Explorations 1, 2016, watercolor on card stock, 7"x7"  

In the past, I dreaded the notion that one of my paintings looked like a pattern. Not today. I have fond memories of my six years in the garment district. And it's all pattern, it's repetition that may be undesirable...or not. 

Explorations 2, 2016, watercolor on card stock, 7"x7"

Explorations 2, 2016, watercolor on card stock, 7"x7"

Explorations 3, Landscape, 2016, watercolor on card stock, 7"x7" 

Explorations 3, Landscape, 2016, watercolor on card stock, 7"x7" 

This last one immediately felt like a landscape. My mark making vocabulary can be limited and when I go in that direction I accept that this may be the result. I like that approach to painting, the palette suggesting the subject. The goal is to expand my vision, and not make my same composition. All the while being gentle.