Book 1 Proposition Red
2009
watercolor on cut out paper
5 x 5 inches
This is the first stab at what became "Locus Epiphany" from the Locus Series. In this initial watercolor sketch there is a flatness overall and I was more interested in bringing up a sense of depth and tension in this composition rather than flat patterned relationships.
Locus Epiphany (private collection)
2011
oil on panel
18 x 18 inches
My challenge here was to find that point of contrast within the 2 large ellipses of the circle and balance that by projecting through the picture plane with the apex of the smallest triangle. Finding "vertical" tension at the tip of the "cone" (at the conjunction of the purple, pale yellow and lime green triangle) as it stretches outward toward the viewer was my objective.
Book 1 Proposition Blue (private collection)
2009
watercolor on cut out paper
5 x 5 inches
During the early stages I play with different marks and enjoy a variety of options. It is a time to begin to understand the nature of what I am working with. Here I was enjoying the elongated triangle that lays on the more horizontal axis as it pushed against the picture plane. Interestingly, it disappeared in the final painting.
Locus Balance
2011
oil on panel
18 x 18 inches
Having a profound love of the colors used in many Renaissance frescoes, I could not stop thinking of the works of Piero Della Francesca (1415 - 1492) with their bold rich colors and strong sculptural forms. The finished painting of this composition is called "Locus Balance." The subtle shifts in color light of the green and blue disc offset the darker blue and red formed sphere making this a balance of form and shape.
Book 1 Proposition 52 (private collection)
2009
watercolor on cut out paper
5 x 5 inches
I made wash drawings a lot in the early stages of this piece. Wash is fast compared to oil and it allows me the ability to see relationships quickly. The drawings that followed this helped me to work out the light/dark relationship inside the pyramid shape while I came to understand that I had to respect the central circle's compositional dominance.
Locus Surrender (private collection)
2011
oil on panel
18 x 18 inches
This grew into "Locus Surrender." As the form of the central sphere evolved and pressed against the pyramid, there needed to be a counter set of balances to secure it into the pyramid structure. The yellow triangle visually moves forward while the opposing dark purple triangle recedes, thus setting up a slight twist along the central horizontal axis preserving a sense of movement within that dominant central blue sphere.
Book I Proposition 7 (private collection)
2009
watercolor on cut out paper
5 x 5 inches
This playfully painted study began a simplification toward the final piece which evolved through a process of many wash drawings and ultimately became "Locus Change."
Locus Change (private collection)
2011
oil on panel
18 x 18 inches
In the process of simplifying the original drawing it became evident there was a dynamic moment in this composition created by the shapes remaining. The objective was to highlight the tension lower left of center to emphasize the "boomerang effect" of the red ball pushing against the yellow arc while simultaneously pushing outward toward the upper right by the contrast of the purple inside the green triangle. A subtle yellow corner on the underlying pyramid provided just enough directing to visually pull on the red sphere.