|The Birch Brothers watercolor 20.25 x 13|
No, really....just half. Half a piece of pie. Half 'n Half. Half a slice....not the whole. And, my favorite....half a cookie. (Never mind that I will retrieve the other half in a relatively short period of time) There are indeed times when a whole won't do....even a whole stroke. Such was the case with "The Birch Brothers". I knew that the counter-spaces between branches at the top would be important in its rendering. Not being a fan of masking fluid and, I believe, the thick, chunky and clumsy shapes that it leaves behind (ask my students), I knew that this large area would have to be worked in a push and pull fashion. Lay it in. Take it away. I like happenstance. Surprises. After a pass or two, the area was far too described....the strokes laid in told too much of the story...not enough ambiguity. And so I headed for the basement laundry tub. I used extreme water pressure on the top of the work. The pigment came off unevenly much to my delight, leaving pocks of white paper. Further application. Further destruction ensued. Back and forth. More water pressure. Some scraping. Until I had achieved the feel that I wanted. Andrews turquoise became my best friend. Nothing ventured. Nothing gained.