|Self-Portrait, detail, 18"x 16"|
watercolor and graphite on kitakata
I spent the second day of my vacation working on this self-portrait. I used kitakata, an extremely thin and silky Japanese paper. I used watercolor, as well as a lovely chunk of water-soluble graphite. This paper is traditionally used for woodblock prints. Because it is so thin, it is difficult to control what happens to the paint as it is applied--but that also makes it fun! The paint bleeds and spreads. The paper ripples like the surface of a body of water. I plan to do a series of portraits and figure studies using kitakata.