Watercolours, ink, color pencils, markers
11 by 16 inches
In late 2019, there were a few unfinished paintings I found worth trying to complete–this was one. It was so old that I couldn’t remember when I first attempted it, but I remember that this was abandoned because there were technical difficulties and flaws I saw at the time that were insurmountable, mostly because I couldn’t compromise on the “perfect” way I saw of doing it. Time passes, and your skills level up (and perhaps one’s standards go down?) but I found myself determinedly working on it without the fear of messing up–I had experience of how to fix and incorporate “accidental” textures and strokes (what I previously labeled mistakes) into the final work.
This painting was also revisited after a huge breakthrough. It is with a small sense of irony I realised I have other old painting with this theme of being trapped. See “Strings” below, painted around 2000.