Overlaid Inscribed Figure

Today’s watercolor experiment:

I sidetracked myself from reading Kandinsky. I am a slow but thorough reader and Kandinsky requires slow going. I was itching to actually paint something, so I revisited my effort to depict reading of a contact sheet.

After attaching watercolor paper to my drawing board, I drew a 6×6 grid of rectangles that represented the grid of photographs on a contact sheet. Within the rectangles, I drew a horizontal lines of varying slopes to represent the horizontally-formatted photographs and slanted vertical lines for vertically-formatted as I did previously. Also, as before, the greater the slope of the slanted line, the more interesting the photograph. I colored the triangles within each of the 36 rectangles, shades of yellow, the color I use to represent the past.

I used a French curve to draw a smooth line broken only by the triangles in the squares. I had no idea how about the end result except I wanted an inscribed figure within the grid. I painted the area outside the curve blue, to represent present time. Inside the curve, I painted each tile a pinkish flesh color without touching the yellow triangles.

Watercolor: Abstract - Overlay of Two Images

9″x12″ 140# Cold Pressed Watercolor Block


It was only just before I completed the curve that I had an idea about what I wanted it to represent. Probably my familiarity with neurophysiology sparked a memory of a textbook figure of a synapse, or gap between two neurons. The white spots in the dark blue field at the lower left represent tiny packets of neurotransmitter that allow communication between one neuron and the next.

The inscribed form, fractured as it is, represents a portion of a communication link, billions of which are involved with the formation of ideas.

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