watercolor on 3 ply smooth Bristol, about 10″ x 10″
“Let justice be done though the heavens should fall.”
— John Adams in a letter in 1777
Found a scrap of mystery paper of a rough finish, and so I doodled this mini-portrait. Hitting it with a brush, I realized that I was dealing with 90 lb. paper…which behaves differently than 140 lb. Each time I touched the paper with paint, it sucked up the water like a dying man in the desert, making it impossible to: move paint around; spread color; see what I was doing.
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