This painting took a long time to develop. My intent was to do a light painting, quite minimal, with small bursts of colour. Things don't always turn out the way we plan them, do they? Not in life, and not in art.
I wanted to paint by responding to what I painted, to not have a clear idea in mind, to be free in my responses.
Using random colours, I painted freely, knowing that what I was playing with would influence the final image, but wouldn't be a large part of the end result. I added a green that I wanted to be part of the painting, a colour I will have in a future painting and that I want to understand better. The layer with hot pink and bright yellow was just fun and exhilarating.
The next layer I had expected would turn out better than it did. I added layers of light value stripes and shapes, but it just wasn't working. I collaged layers, added an image transfer, and more layers of light. Nope. Just didn't speak to me.
I scraped and sanded, added blues and greens, gave myself some contrast to which to respond. My light painting became a dark painting. Ha! I realized that stones were emerging, unplanned. I love stones and seem always to bring them home, especially smooth stones. I added warmth and let the importance of the stones grow.
I covered more, scraped more, simplifying, finding space. I realized the painting had almost become two and brought some light to the bottom to move the eye around and balance it.
Looking at a thumbnail in photoshop, I realized that I almost had a swoop and I had to excavate it... and quickly sacrificed a lovely corner to let that swoop be evident. I quite loved the green triangle just below the centre, but it too had to be covered to allow movement. More adjustments let the eye move through the painting without stopping at roadblocks. And it emerged.
One friend sees it as celestial, another as pink lemons. I'm happy with whatever interpretation you bring to it. Unplanned, responding to events, unexpected result, as in life and art.