Phoenix : watercolor on paper
Originally painted in the early 1980's, this motif must have been imagined as a plate or card design. My wonderful Dr. P.H. Martin concentrated watercolors were my medium of choice for quite awhile. Unfortunately, I lost them along the way. Luckily, my works from those days are still vibrant.
Phoenix was lightly sketched in pencil, then applied in washes to obtain the shading and blending. The saturated areas utilize the watercolor's full strength and as they pool, they create a stained look.