The Black Spots of Winter Series emerged organically, a visual response to serious conversation and correspondence regarding this very black winter of 2019. Returning to work after a three month hiatus, resuming method and media but with a different voice. How to expand into greater use of form while keeping the use of writing as a drawn mark-making? Experimentation soon led to the use of the printed circle, transferred repeatedly from wetted paper to wetted paper by simple pressure. The use of the black circle developed quickly into a new symbol, adding dark notes to the already established fields of stained color and scrawled mark-making.