9x12 mixed media on watercolor paper
I planned on painting Friday. I had a failed image transfer on a piece of hot press watercolor paper from the day before waiting for me. I would use a limited palette of payne's gray and titanium white. And I wanted to use my scraper again since I enjoyed it so much creating the painting in my last post.
I already heard the horrible news out of Newtown CT, a mere 20 miles away, before I began this piece. I wanted to paint to try to shake off how disturbed and upset I was about what had happened. What I did not expect when I stepped back were the figures that showed up along the bottom.
I paint pieces like these intuitively. I used my scraper very randomly smearing and scraping the paint around the paper. I keep at it working very quickly (because if I stop and think my inner perfectionist comes out) not paying much attention to what is happening. The only specific work I did on purpose was the face of the woman.
The tears were added to her face before I even noticed the figures below her. Now I know why the tears were necessary.
I continue to send prayers and peace to those lost and those left behind