Deconstruction ain't so easy
Well, I showed my Art Student League teacher, Frank O’Cain, a few examples of my recent abstract watercolors in which I had tried to use deconstruction as a technique. They were okay as paintings, but I was having trouble creating a sweep of color on top of the white (deconstruction). The paint was beading up on me and I couldn’t figure out what to do about it.
Frank’s answer, of course, was very simple: you have to add the final color on top of the white while the white is still wet. Otherwise, it’s like painting on Yupo (or a white plastic plate). Well, duh! Why didn’t I think of that? It’s so obvious in retrospect.
I like these paintings anyway because they convey the October colors at Wave Hill and Henry Hudson Park. Sometimes things work out in spite of yourself.