Saturday, August 13, 2016

A Contemplative Experience

I've completed another pair of Clocks and Clouds paintings and I'm very happy with them.  The compositions took a long time to perfect and I think they work very well. 

There's two key factors that I keep in mind while making these. First there is the visual balance of shapes and colours to make an attractive picture.  The second factor is the balance of imagery and meaning.  My goal is to draw the viewer in to the painting and  give them a contemplative space in which the mind can roam about. 

The imagery is composed in such a way as to avoid a particular meaning or narrative.  If the images too quickly resolve into a message, then the experience of looking is over and the viewer only sees a 'signifier' rather than the painting that is in front of them. 

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