I am now working on a painting, Harmony in Green, tackling a new size 10 x 30 inches. The palette-triangles began with vertical lines. Layers of color were added so that the lines appear and disappear. As I create this painting, even though the vertical thrust may not always be obvious, the palette-triangles are always placed so that the underlying lines are always vertical.
Composition in Yellow (working title) is now about 1/4 completed. Because there are many loose palette pieces, it is necessary to work on a flat surface. This painting is in two parts fitting vertically, though I work the painting as if it were one panel. In addition, the verticle line made by the meeting of the two panels provides a subtle upright element.
Composition in Yellow is made of two parts (total surface area: approximately 41" x 41"). Instead of working from one edge to another, I am working from the upper edge and center, extending outward. Where a painting begins or how a painting is "worked" will most likely affect the movement of color across the surface.
This is the beginnings of the new painting. After experimenting with various colors, yellow seems to emerge as the primary color. Haven't worked with yellow in some time, and it is a challenge to create a palette in yellow that is complex and layered. I have tentatively titled this painting "Composition in Yellow" (an homage to Whistler), though this is more in tune to the abstractness of music which seems to fit with how I see my paintings.