( 20k), large version (99k)
Watercolor on paper
To make the projects more relevant, I construct "assignments" for myself to force myself into making an illustration as opposed to a picture. This was an imagined stamp celebrating horse racing.
These paintings are a lot of fun to do, but they will probably shorten my lifespan. You know you are getting a good one when you think you've ruined it...if you continue ruining it you will eventually get lucky and for a moment it will look really good. The key is seeing that moment and making yourself stop.
I don't paint these. I put paint on a page and when it chooses to look good, I leave it alone.