today in the studio


"upside down and starting over, again", watercolor on paper, 3 in. x 3 in.

Today I ordered a giant roll of watercolor paper. Knowing that paper is on the way, I tore into my last sheet of hot press paper. Over the past couple days I have tried to like cold press but I prefer the smooth surface of hot press. Anyway, then I made this piece, restricting myself to one color (a mixture of blues) and two brushes. Why these constraints? Sometimes I need to make things smaller in order to see bigger, or to move beyond my usual way of doing things. Limit myself in order to find possibilities, or to set the piece free to be something else.