This is the story of a painting with 20 lives. I started it in November and have been experimenting with it ever since. I have to say, it has been a bit of a struggle, but not like a bad struggle, more like a puzzle... a stubborn one. I compare the process to doing a Bob Klahn crossword puzzle in the Washington Post. I always groan when I see one, because I know what I'm in for, but I know that if I stick with it, I'll get it. That's how I felt about this painting all along.
My intention at the beginning was to paint a large abstract design and then cut it up into smaller pieces, to make a bunch of little paintings. I put gesso on the watercolor paper and textured it with a plaster spreader.