Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The beauty in abstraction is that it can also let you find form where you thought there was none.
This combination of gesso and tissue on watercolour paper was randomly placed, simply 'glued' in place with gesso behind and on the tissue to act as a receptacle for colour. The crevices that the paper creates and the texture of the gesso give a wonderful surface to experiment with.
After a few washes of watercolour, the form of a bird started to emerge from the surface. I continued to allow it to come forward with darker washes at the edges and suddenly there was the firebird. So named because of the intense golds and reds that predominate.
You never know what you will find if you look hard enough.