I decided to try what Linda describes, on Vulture Peak Muse, as her method for starting some watercolors. Wet the paper here and there, drop in some color, see what happens, react to it, etc. Follow where it leads. I usually start with lines that suggest forms, here the forms suggest themselves without lines. I only got to work about 15 minutes on this - busy day today on other things - but I'm looking forward to my next bit of time with it.
I wonder how Emil Nolde worked - did he start with the form and then add the colors? Or did he work directly with color first and then define the forms that emerged. I'd bet the latter mostly, but I would LOVE to have seen him work. Since his work was strictly forbidden, and he painted most of his watercolors in secret, in fear for his life since the Nazi's had declared him a "degenerate" artist, I doubt much of anyone saw him paint.
I'm using an Arches watercolor block (pages glued together like a pad, but on all four sides except a half inch space at the top, to help you separate a page when you're done). It doesn't keep the paper quite as flat and smooth as my stretching method, and it wouldn't work for larger pages, but it seems OK for now on this size (31 x 41 cm - about 12 x 16 inches). It's my favorite - hot press. So no texture to interfere with the jewel like clarity of the colors.
This is my contribution for AEDM 28.
And now to sleep. Probably only a little art tomorrow, as well. Family in town, and having holidays early.