I've started something a bit somber. Here's the sketch before I transferred it to watercolor paper to begin the painting.
For this painting, I'm trying out my new Saunders Waterford 140# cold press paper (if it's good enough for the Royal Watercolour Society, it's good enough for me). It has a warmer color than Arches or Fabriano.
This one will be long and thin - a strong horizontal picture plane. I've already changed my mind about the fruit (was going to have a lemon but instead pomegranates seemed appropriate).
And a poem...
by Jack Myers
I've lived my life as if I were my wife
packing for a trip—I'll need this and that
and I can't possibly do without that!
But now I'm about
what can be done without.
I just need a thin valise.
There's no place on earth
where I can't unpack in a flash
down to a final spark of consciousness.
No place where I can't enter
the joyless rapture
of almost remembering
I'll need this and I'll need that,
hoping to weigh less than silence,
lighter than light.