Is this abstract enough?

Architectural abstract

Architectural abstract

This picture has been somewhat of a process.   After I stretched the paper Sunday and  let it fully dry overnight, I rewet it and then threw on the watercolor washes, reminiscent of the method for gift tag blanks. I must admit it was not totally random as I put the reds for the flowers on the bottom and some blues on top.  I didn’t know what orientation I would end up using so I spread the red and blue around.  My main concern was that there was enough color saturation at this point.

It took another day to dry and for the ripples to flatten out.  You can see where those were by the more flowed areas.  In the meantime I flipped through my Key West photos because of the vibrancy of the foliage and home colors there and combined the look of two houses.  After the basic freehand ink lineout, I added colors to further define the elements of the architecture and then touched up the inking for the positive/negative balance.   I am not yet convinced that I shouldn’t do more, but I don’t want it to muddy up, so I am a bit hesitant.  What do you think?

I was inspired by Leslie and Cindy to make this painting.  Cindy has suggested making something with wilder colors for the buildings and Leslie has been showing some paintings based on abstract backgrounds on her blog.  Check their blogs out for a wonderful treat.