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.
This painting now has a title: Nocturne with White (20" x 20").
Here, as with the previous painting, Nocturne at One, I am experimenting with an under-painting of color and line, and an opaque over-painting. The over-painting takes on linear movement, while the under-painting emerges and creates its own layer of movement. At times, layers merge.
Thinking more about stripes. Blue with Stripes and Blue/Green with Stripes -- stripes used in these two paintings are like pinstripes on a man's suit, primarily a masculine symbol. On the other hand, the color and the application of the palette-triangles can be seen as feminine. Color/strip paintings are the confluence of masculine and feminine.
During the last few weeks I have been working on the next "striped" painting, Blue/Green with Stripes (20" x 20"). I see this as a companion to Blue with Stripes.
Looking at the image here: the left side of the image is a completed section of the painting. To the right are palette-triangles that will be permanently placed next to the completed section. Stripes will be placed between the palette-triangles.
The stripes are clearly visible at points, but can otherwise seem to disappear.
During the process of creating a painting, I struggle with the randomness and purposeful placement of colors. Sometimes a color or pattern emerges and I strive to find a way to expand on that theme looking for these patterns in the "palette-triangles" that form each painting.
Here are two details of the new painting I am working on. A painting starts with the initial creation of palette-triangles to determine color, texture, and movement. Palette-triangles are created throughout the process, and are defined by the direction of the painting, conversely, new palette-triangles further define the painting -- a process of discovery and surprise.