Yesterday, I pulled out all the loose paintings I had in a portfolio and sorted them. The yupos and tyvek paintings here - the ones on paper there. Then I went with a gut reaction to all of them and tore up about a dozen. They were bad. Really beginning stuff even though I might have done them just a year ago or less. Then I took the bad yupos and put them in the bathtub under water and scrubbed the color off (sometimes I had spray sealed them and it left a bit of that texture - interesting stuff I can still play with).
I pulled one piece of yupo aside that had textured places in varied shades of blue and beige/grey colors. I thought about what I could make of this.
Blues = water, right?
And since I want to focus on portraits and figures now, I decided to put a woman in the painting - in the water.
The title came to me: Drowning in Possibility.
This is just a precursor/study for a a painting I'll do on watercolor paper but I wanted to use the scraps of yupo right now to help me loosen up and think more (when I know I can wipe it off and start over, it frees me from getting so tense and tight and anxious about putting down paint).
I would appreciate any comments on this one.
And thanks to Sandy Maudlin and several members at WatercolorWorkshop, I made some teeny changes to Summer Girl. I think it's better now. I think it has more her look to it than it did (amazing how small little changes to shapes, shadows, etc. can make a person look like that person or just a little off).