Ink, watercolor and acrylic on 11″ x 15″ watercolor paper
Ali’s character is that he’s the light. The light of hope, the light of inspiration, the light in the darkness. So with this painting, I worked against my normal method, and the way one works with watercolor, to seek out the light.
With watercolor, by its nature, you build shadows and you build to the darkness, because you can’t lighten it back up once the pigment has been applied to the paper. But, I knew that my finishing touches were going to be white acrylic paint, so instead I was building towards that light instead. It seemed like the most appropriate thing to do with a painting of Ali.