I hadn’t done a preliminary sketch before painting this abstract image. First there was the ornament in the middle, then the rest followed. I also didn’t plan the colours in the beginning – I so to speak followed my intuition.
I learnt one important thing doing this: be careful about the direction of your brush strokes! Always do them in one direction, otherwise you’ll get patterns of paint which are not so desirable. The other thing I learnt was that black tends to be a greyish black with wet watercolour pencils. You really have to press hard with the black pencil and wet your brush only a wee bit.
I had no specific reference for the painting, but of course I’ve looked at many, many pieces of wonderful abstract and decorative art, and so my imagination has been inspired by many artists.