I took a break today. No researching about surrealism, abstract expressionism or any kind of expressionism. I just thought that I would have some fun with lines.
In all honesty, though, I was inspired by the grids that Joan Miró used to organize his paintings and sketches. Now I understand how he could say that he was so exacting that he couldn’t tolerate being off by a millimeter. Before I saw the grids by which he divided his canvas, I asked myself, “a millimeter compared with what?” Now I understand what he meant.
In today’s experiment, I divided my 5″x7″ paper in half diagonally, and then in quarters. I used a French curve to divide the paper in 3 parts, on each diagonal.
Beginning with blue, I painted each shape whose vertices touched. I used different shades of blue as well as different dilutions of the same shade for variety.
Likewise, starting with a red, adjacent to a blue shape, I painted all the shapes whose vertices touched, in different shades and colors of red.
Those shapes that were left over, I painted yellow.
Underlying reasoning behind this composition
None really, aside from: 1) I wanted to use a grid, similar to what Miró used; 2) I wanted to use primary colors. These were my only conscious decisions that governed this experiment
Was I being surrealistic? Is this composition evidence of my unconsciousness at work? If it was, how could I know.
I welcome feedback.