Abstract Portraits #2

Today’s piece is a companion to yesterday’s.  A little more information about my process: I drew the design first. Since I drew the lines with a permanent oil pen, I was free to wash the entire paper with watercolor. I chose an earth color, to copy the backgrounds in some of the paintings in Miró’s Constellation Series.  I read later that Miró used a technique called ‘oil wash’ before he drew anything. He would use the appearance of the wash, on the grainy paper to determine the ‘constellations’ he would draw.

Watercolor: Abstract - 4 Portraits and Violin #2

Portrait – Groundhog’s Day 2
12″x9″ 140# Cold Pressed Watercolor Block

I included my own iconography in this painting, just as I did yesterday. My face is on the right, with a tilted oval outline of a head superimposed thereon. My brother Mike‘s icon is on the far left, with another tilted head impinging on it. If I were to characterize the theme of this painting, it would be ‘connection’. Since my I have never been able to communicate with Mike, who is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal, I tried to depict some kind of connection between us.

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