|East Meets West, 10" x 8", 140 ' Daler-Rowney Langton Prestige NOT paper|
I've had many interests - music, art and writing among them. But an aspect common to all that I have admired is improv.
Bluegrass and jazz, even classical, for example. They have this in common. They start with a theme, then the touch of the individual musicians are brought to bear. The theme is squeezed and stretched and twisted and turned.
I painted this watercolor in just that way. I perched in front of a building that, by the way, looks nothing like this, and outlined a few of its parts. Then I began to improvise. I drew lines that just felt right [yeah] in that they were visually pleasing to me geometrically. And then I started to paint. Aside from the awnings that really were pink (I think), everything else was improv.
So this painting is semi-abstract.
Take it away Allen, your stroll is different than mine, but oh so beautifully described..