I've been studying many abstract artists over the past couple of years and was remembering my introduction to abstract painting in college when I realized that what I want to achieve meant I required richer colours in my base, so I went back in to darken everything - plus I decided to add a blessing as well. My goal is to complete this piece by working the negative space to create the positive shapes. One of the abstract painters I enjoy is performance painter Jonas Gerard - here's a link to a great video: http://youtu.be/1I1lfe1ngtc.
What I think I've almost enjoyed the most about working on this piece is the continual turning of the canvas as my intention is to complete a work that can be hung in any direction. This is reminiscent to me of Georgia O'Keeffe as she was asked how she felt about her work being hung incorrectly on occasion and she responded that she felt that good work should read well in any direction. She wasn't offended, but instead inspired. I've actually completed this piece but I'm just waiting for good light to take a proper photograph...can't wait to share it tomorrow!
I'll leave you with a few inspiring words by Mr. Gerard:
"Paint as if your life depended on it. Be totally present. Don't paint for approval."
Honouring the Ancestors
Great Places Plan