This is a composition which I will continue to revisit as I feel it has endless possibilities for refinement. I think it is very important to establish a personal and recognizable feel for my paintings. I have learned this from painters such as Morandi, Mondrian, Matisse and many others.
I am intrigued with the possibilities presented through reduction, and I usually find myself focusing on spatial considerations. This requires removing the superfluous and bringing the composition to the forefront.
Using shape motifs is a great way to establish the foundation of a composition. In this painting I provided a rectangle motif supported by an oval sub motif. And I rearranged their sizes and spacing a number of times before I was satisfied. The white oval above the table appeared late in the painting and I felt it provided both balance, and a little competition, for the shapes and colour on the table.
The three small white lines just above the left edge of the table provide rhythmic movement and keep you in the composition. There is a vertical at the right directs your eye movement, connecting to a subtle line which loops over the white oval, returning you to the three white lines and then to the shapes on the table.
I must mention the line in the white oval which parallels the blue stripes. This provides a very important rhythmic integration.
In composition all of the above should be “sensed” rather than seen.