In this watercolor series I started by painting the whole paper as black as I could. The idea was to wash away areas of the black to discover new shapes and textures that were not possible with a direct, additive approach. Surface quality and texture became more important than color. I had to employ opaque watercolor or gouache to regain light in some places. The paintings became much more visceral and substantial than the usual watercolor. I liked the mystery and weight of the dark tones.