300 Pound Abstract

It is hard to wrinkle up 300 pound paper without tearing it. I was fairly successful at it today’s watercolor. Below is the first phase, where I used mainly earthy colors with blues along the ridges.

Watercolor: Preliminary - Abstract on Distressed 300# paper

Distressed Abstract – Preliminary
8″x8″ 300# Cold Pressed Watercolor Block

The patterns on the rough, unpainted paper made me think of how some of Paul Klee’s later work were described: affording the eye no resting place.

Watercolor: Abstract on Distressed 300# paper

Distressed Abstract – Final
8″x8″ 300# Cold Pressed Watercolor Block

I tried to accentuate these lines with charcoal. I fear I wasn’t completely successful in this. There are lines that pull my gaze in a predictable direction. In that sense it is more pleasing that having the eye constantly seeking, with no place to rest.

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