image size 12' x 16" painted papers on wc paper
I'll mention that I had some surprise results. In the lower left corner where the white "wheels" are, I originally had that greenish blue directly up against that reddish orange. I couldn't believe the way the two colors optically resonated! It was nearly painful to look at and it certainly was distracting. The white wheels were intended to tone that down. I also learned about attaching shapes and the "weight" that can be created. That black half circle on the right side was originally just hanging there with no lines attaching it to the light green rectangle. It looked fine but then I started to see railroad tracks! I also felt like I wanted to create movement upwards and somehow support the weight of the shape. So, I added those black vertical lines which turned out to work well I think. And lastly, I added the orange circle in the far right corner as another balance to the vibrating red and green-sort of a less chromatic complimentary color combo.
I mention all of this not to show that I am clever or something but just to illustrate the point that painting and designing are active things. The process is really one of question and answer. And I am going to say this. I am wary of any artistic person who says that they know exactly what they are doing-that there are no unanswered questions, that they could make art in their sleep or that there is no uncharted territory. Bull*&^%!
OK, I said it. And now, I have a question for anyone interested. That red/green optical resonance thing made me consider something. I like the colors that I put together but have I been missing something? I wonder if my mixes and placements of color have just been off the mark all along or if I have unconsciously (or consciously) mixed color and placed it to avoid anything too harsh. I guess my question is about conscious versus unconscious intent and maybe even skill level. If anyone has any thoughts let me know.
OK, thanks for reading and commenting. I hope the New Year is off to a good start for everyone.