Thinking about abstracts and working on things in my sketchbook.
First, I just sketch in the book, a small Aquabee sketchbook ( 6 x 9 inches). Since Aquabee can accept watermedia, I then add some color and texture using my Graphitints and Inktense, using muted color.
The inktense and graphitints go on dry and can be wet with just a wet brush so I can work on the colored abstracts, using smooth and textured bits as well as color.
I have a tendency to cover every section with color and I need to learn to leave open and quiet spaces.
So, that this point, I go back in with white gouache and recover some whites or lights.
Then I'll use these as guides for actual large paintings (at least fourth sheet or half sheet) on watercolor paper and fluid acrylics.
Again, too colorful! And I went beyond the guide of the sketchbook version. That's okay, but I want to tone things down- mute the colors I use.
I liked the sketchbook version, so will get closer to that but allow myself some red - maybe.