It's very curious to be re-discovering paint as a medium of expression. I painted this illustration alla prima, which is a Latin term meaning painting directly on the canvas in full, opaque color, without any preliminary drawing or underpainting done first.
I went in curious, just wanting to see what would emerge, just wanting to understand more than I have before how paint expresses itself on watercolor paper, specifically with layerings of colors. I've never had a particularly harmonious relationship with paint; the messiness and seeming finality of the medium unnerves me.
I want to see paint differently though, as something I can have a simple, harmonious relationship with and this is what I was holding in myself, as a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy, when I was painting this. Unsurprisingly, this very simple image of a singer came to me. The quote is from Maya Angelou's poem "Caged Bird".