Fighting fire with fire

Since it feels like our entire country has either burst into flames or is about to, I find myself a bit obsessed with blazing hot color today.  I played a little bit with masking some areas using painters tape but that didn’t give me the crisp shapes I was looking for.  However, I didn’t mind the result.  I also used a watercolor pencil to stencil the shape of my hand a few times, and then I just played with the shapes in the negative areas until it felt done – a concept I always have trouble with.

I also realized today that the time I spend picking cat hair out of my paintings and my palette is pretty comparable to the time I spend actually painting.  Maybe I should just leave it there and call the resulting piece mixed media or fiber art.  Thoughts?

Watercolor and watercolor pencil (and cat hair), 12×16

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