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.
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.