Before the Lord of the Rings there was Der Ring Des Niebulung. Richard Wagner created 15 hours of opera in 4 parts that is the subject of endless discussion and interpretation. The backwash on this masa piece reminded me of flames and the last scene of Die Valkyrie. In this second opera of the cycle, Brunehilde is put to sleep on a mountain top with magic flames surrounding her to prevent all but the most courageous of heroes from reaching her. This fearless hero would then claim her as his wife. This was punishment for her disobedience to her father, Wotan, king of the gods.
Anka never ceases to be interestingly elusive. She is a photographer who helps to support her work by modeling. How many artists have to have an additional source of income and work other jobs to keep going?
I was on a residency in Hungary and I was in pain while walking to the Budapest Opera House when my left achilles tendon ruptured. So I was confined to the studio with my left leg elevated for much of the time. This is a self-portrait with me looking into the mirror with my leg up and close to the mirror.
I stayed for the entire length of the residency without a confirmation of a tendon rupture but when I got home I spent most of my teaching semester in a boot while it healed. It was too unhealthy a tendon for surgery.
Some of the more conservative watercolor societies consider backwashes to be faults in a watercolor painting. Sometimes backwashes happen by accident and sometimes they are the result of inexperience. If you don’t want a backwash you need to avoid trying to “fix” something that has been recently applied. The area to be “fixed” is only partially dried and going back into it with more pigment and water will only dislodge the pigment already there and it will be pushed away by the flow of the water.
Knowing this, it can be done on purpose to great effect. The painting above has backwashes which form some of the leaf masses of the tree. Just drop some clean water into a fresh wash and let it go!