Insert random destruction. Prepare for recovery.
First I explode across the canvas with gesso (sticky white paint). This seems particularly appropriate with the Clash, although I have been doing this regularly for some yeas now. Perhaps that predilection is what attracted me to the Clash in the first place. After the gesso is dry, I soak the canvas. This allows some of the watercolor pigment which is lying around the gesso spatter to migrate a little. This effect is subtle but extremely important to me because it gives the work an inexplicable depth and luminosity.