Today’s watercolor experiment:
I was trying to draw portraits today. I didn’t use scrap paper or sketch paper. Instead I used my good watercolor paper. It was disastrous. I erased the whole thing, except for bits here and there.
Painting over another painting or drawing (with some remnants of the original still visible after the ‘second coat’ ) is called ‘pentimento’. The idea of wasting paper is anathema to me, I reused my already-sketched-upon paper for today’s watercolor.
My underlying portraits failed in many ways: details of facial features; relative scale and placement of said features; overall shapes and sizes of the heads. Why waste an almost perfectly good sheet of watercolor paper when I could release some energy creating an abstract piece while also practicing the rendering of face parts?
I can’t think of a reason.
Below is my salvaged watercolor sheet, semi-complete with face parts: