David Gothard

Why I love Watercolor

MARCH 12, 2007
Appearingin in today's WSJ, I decided to render this piece (about extremists aquiring more media coverage than ever) in watercolor, sans ink. I knew that i wanted the successive layers of wash to dictate how and where the heads would emerge. As the swirls of color were applied, I looked for an eye here, a mouth there, until the strands of smoke disappeared, leaving only anguished heads behind. This is the beauty of the medium, the transparency allowing for so many levels of color and depth.
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