Push come to shove, an abstract painting is whatever the viewer wants it to be. A gothic setting, an alien invasion, a hot mess – however it speaks to you.
This wasn’t really meant to be a painting at all.
I’d just taken the Paul Ruben’s Precipitated Colors set out of the box, and made some sweeping strokes across the page to see what the colors were, how they moved, dried and granulated. Then I set the paper aside. But, I kept picking it up over a period of days, and I liked the drama I was seeing. It reminded me of those old gothic novels I used to read. I swore I could see rocky cliffs, a dark night, eerie lights, and a woman in white flitting about in the distance.
Finally, I grabbed a white gel pen, added some stars, a bit (just a bit) more detail to the woman (the teeny tiny woman) and a bit (just a bit) more detail to the foreground. It all looks like a gothic drama to me. What do you see?
- Hahnemühle The Collection Cold Press watercolor paper
- Paul Ruben’s Precipatated Colors Watercolor
- Princeton Neptune Size 5 brush
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