This year I knew I wanted to work with the same 4" x 4" square watercolor paintings as I had in 2016. I ended up accidentally buying a thinner paper and it didn't take well to the liquid masking fluid that I used a lot last year. As a result, this year's work is a bit more free-flowing and I left more room for white spaces. I've always loved the look of paintings that seem a bit unfinished, sometimes with white canvas or pencil lines still visible.
I also was inspired by a trip I took to Chile, where I had the opportunity to tour one of the homes of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. When I returned from the trip I started digging into his poetry and each painting corresponds to a Neruda poem.