This is a 24"x24" painting inspired from our trip to Australia's Blue Mountains. Blue and orange are commonly used complimentary colors in many art forms. They are frequently used in cinematic color compositions. In this painting, the orange reads as light and the blue as shadow. I find the color composition flips from flat-abstract to open-spacial. The branches act as both a signifier of depth and a divider of 2-D shapes. The title, Finding Light, encourages the viewer to follow the orange shapes that speckle and divide the blue. We may only realize that this is water by the blue colored shadows, rather than by only looking at the orange-lit shapes.
I have been thinking a lot about painting squares and what that means to me. I seek simplicity, I hope to make the representation of a microcosm, and I strive for something complete. The square can hold these concepts and squares work well in groups (like a grid). The square isn't an expected scene, its an investigation of the world, almost like a scientific snapshot of energy or mind. It is a sample or a piece of something bigger than itself. I think art in general functions that way. A portion gives something complete only as it relates to everything else. The echo, the resonance, the whisper of a much greater song all have interest beyond the surface.
I enjoy cropping the image to make it immediate and simultaneously increase the length of time one might spend with the painting because of its unexpected view. It is a moment that can be stretched. The image can be elastic this way even though the square edges might seem to compress and crop the picture.
The square can be an unexpected order on the turbulent energy of nature.
I also seek peace within the movement, and so intend to use larger color shapes to describe light, form, space and emptiness.