My journey into abstraction continues with my theme of birds, flight, and wild foliage. This piece began by drawing with masking fluid with only an idea of shape and movement. Then I applied wet into wet washes of color. After that it was a matter of layering stenciled shapes and lines drawn with watercolor pencils. Thin glazes of color provided further definition to give a sense of space and unity. I enjoy the spontaneity of working this way, without a clear plan for the result, just to see where the painting will take me. And it provides me with a nice balance to my more realistic paintings that I also enjoy.