|Seedless Watercolor/Mixed on paper 7 x 10|
is my response to our first project in watercolor class. That first week presents time limitations due to our discussions of materials and goals, so I usually bring some sort of subject along (usually some kind of produce) which gets our brushes wet, our minds realigned and our preferences stated. One of our quests is self-definition which allows us to think about just which design principles provide us with a thrill. Each artist is thrilled in his or her own way. By prioritizing those principles a bit, we are more clearly able to focus on the kind of work we choose to do, the language we wish to speak, the ways in which our paintings become our own. A unique translation, so to speak. My own thrills involve a bit of "messing up" and some layering that allows for both transparency and opacity to work their magic. After painting quite a while, making some of the individual grapes both solid and well-defined, I turned to printers ink which was rolled onto a plate and pressed onto the background. Ah, yes. It's me.