This is probably the last of the small paintings on paper, at least for a while. I’ve started doing the same kind of thing — but a lot more of it — on a 16″x20″ canvas. That’ll take a while. Lets hope I don’t lose interest! 🙂
After laying down a yellow background, I cut some hopefully interesting shapes out of masking tape and masked parts of it. Then it was just putting down blobs of paint and letting them form “their own” shapes, blue, green, and red. That’s the part that comes most unfiltered from the murky depths my subconscious. Next I added some black and white dots. Then I tried to keep going past the point where I usually would stop, past the point of feeling it was done, which was hard to do. But I figured to get the level of complexity I want, I have to just keep painting. It was surprising that this was difficult. When it feels done, there also comes the feeling that even a single thing more will mess it up, that any more would be too much. Anyway, that’s the white hash marks and the small red squiggles. This is when it hit me that I needed a bigger canvas to really do more — enter the 16″x20″. But I think it turned out well, and as I write this I learn that my daughter does too, so there you have it!
So tell me, what is this chaos of colors? 🙂