8x11 watercolor on Italia 140 lb soft press paper. It's the first one painted yesterday since taking Jan Fabian
Wallake's Houston workshop last week. She recommended we take a photo and
deconstruct it into geometric shapes totally unrecognizable using design
principles then paint it. I took parakeets in a gilded cage, drew them and an
archway on newsprint, disregarded the cage bars, and did lots of thumbnail
sketches. Then with scissors I cut out another bird and arranged and rearranged
on tracing paper until a composition emerged. The archways are now doors, the
birds (black and white for contrast) are uncaged and free, with some pattern surrounding them.
Cool accents are in a warm color dominance; note the other bird at top by a
slice of orange, rather bland and almost unnoticeable. I'm thinking of painting this again in a larger format.