I’ve started a new painting. I was always trying to figure out something new to try, artistically. And so this circles series. Each circle painting measures 12" x 12".
WHY CIRCLES? The circle is a universal symbol everyone can relate to. Simple yet profound, it symbolizes wholeness, enlightenment, and the universe in all cultures. For us, the circle means connect, create, and celebrate.
When I work in this style, I create the circles spontaneously and decide on their placement in an entirely intuitive manner. I don't pre-plan anything. I then painted in various circles, one color at a time. For instance, first I painted in all the yellow shapes. Then all the orange shapes, then blue, green, etc.
I strive to create a balanced variety of circles and colors. The idea is that the different shapes and placement of colors will cause the viewer's eyes to bounce around the canvas. In this way I seek to create a sense of movement and energy in these funky artworks.
There is beauty in repetition.
So I continue painting in these shapes until the white canvas is entirely covered. These shapes will form the bottom layer of the composition. The first layer of shapes are painted next to each other, as opposed to on top of each other.
As mentioned earlier, the colors are chosen to create a sense of movement. I want the colors to pop off the canvas. The repetitive designs start to form funky, sometimes intricate patterns. Creating a pattern is one element you can use to make an abstract work of art.
When I add details, I add them one color at a time. For instance, I'll add all the white details over the entire canvas, then I'll add all the red ones, and so on. This means I only have to squeeze out one color at a time. Because acrylics dry quickly, I try not to have more on my palette than I'll actually use.
I continue adding colors and designs until the painting "feels" complete and balanced. Because it's an abstract painting that is created in an intuitive manner, there is no obvious "finishing point". I just have to let my gut feeling tell me when the painting is done.
When working on these types of paintings, I often turn the painting on its side, or upside down, to see it from a different perspective. There is not a specific side that is supposed to be the top of the painting. Turning the painting upside-down or on its side while creating the artwork helps me to see which areas are balanced or unbalanced, so I know where to focus.
As you can see from this painting, there are many different shapes and colors, but there is an overall feeling of balance and harmony.
Painting circles just makes me happy :)