In this painting my primary consideration was to space the elements in a way which creates energy. I enjoy seeking the feeling that emerges when spatial relationships begin to work. Patience is necessary as it takes a number of readjustments before the painting is responding. What I find intriguing is how minute adjustments can have such power, dictating unanticipated changes.
Right from the start I wanted to create movement around a centrally placed yellow rectangle using black curves. I found it necessary to alter their sizes and locations a number of times, until I responded to the feeling I was seeking.
I then needed to embrace their energy with what eventually became the two white angles. They didn’t quite succeed in providing the containment I was seeking and eventually a series of horizontal lines at the top left accomplished the intent. This didn’t come easily. I also provided two small vertical marks above the yellow rectangle (see detail) which created the feel of another rectangle, which I like very much. Can you feel its influence on the curve as well?
The yellow rectangle’s energy now required re-assessing. I angled the bottom right corner to refine the shape’s response to the black curves. I also provided subtle horizontal white lines to enhance the energy and some fine black lines to convey a feeling of support.
The composition still felt incomplete, prompting the search to continue with scratching and removing lines and found myself marking in the arrow. I like that arrow.
The following day while assessing the composition I felt the yellow needed something else to relate to, which prompted the blue along the bottom.
I then sat myself in front of the painting adding and removing some subtle markings as I do not want to later feel I hadn’t been thorough.