This painting is now finished. It has gone thru several iterations:
This progression fairly represents the many layers of contemplation, before i am “satisfied.” The first painting (2016) was a little crazy with bold colors. Next, i softened and neutralized the colors and left some of the original visible. i “scumbled” the paint over it, so as not to completely cover the original. i want to remember where it has been and what came before. In the third version, i added asymmetric geometric Fields of Color and shapes. These “boxes” perhaps represent my desire to compartmentalize difficult issues (there are many). i really love this version now but love the earlier versions too. Perhaps i should have stopped and left it as is. It is difficult to pinpoint how and why i am not satisfied with a painting, and when i know it is finally successful. My partner did not like the deep purple markings so that may have been enough. V. 2 is slightly too evenly dissected and needed more “wabi sabi” element to it, so i finalized it with a few contrasting colors and shapes and markings for flair.