I covered a whole canvas in light blue and one in light green, both 44" x 44". Then I began work on the blue canvas first, by drawing rows of small shapes in various shades of blue and green. After drawing, I carefully painted in the shapes, and then began again to draw more overlapping shapes. I mixed colors from pale blue and aqua to deep blue, toning them down with gray. This process took several days of drawing lines and then carefully filling in the spaces. This is the result:
Blue Jazz, acrylic on canvas, 44" x 44"
After Blue Jazz, I began work on the green canvas in a similar manner--first drawing shapes with lines, and then filling them in, repeating the process several times. But the direction this painting took--and it pretty much dictated the path to me--ended up with the lines themselves becoming the final surface element. I also varied the color pallet more in this one, including red, orange and yellow as well as various shades of green.
Both these paintings are now on display at Quintus Gallery in Watkins Glen, New York. They'll be part of a two-person show I'm in there which opens on May 20th.