A few months ago I made this piece:
Something was happening. The entire picture plane was beginning to be used. So I began making more pieces in this vein. I was excited with what I was seeing. Yet all the pieces looked too similar. I was also hitting a wall with color.
Looking at these pieces with a friend, I told him about my frustration. He suggested I start working with more chromatic color. Fear immediately came up; this direction would take me out of my comfort zone. But I jumped in to see what would happen.
Here are the first two I made. I saw problems in them. But I was excited to be exploring new territory.
They were looking too muddy. So continuing to work with variations of these compositions, I began getting closer to what was in my minds eye:
I was surprised by how wild the colors were. And the pieces were beginning to leave the realm of the figurative. Yet they still had a biological quality.