07/14/2005: "Designing with color pyramids: i.e. a method to my madness"
OK, I talk about this alot in my old Flesh Tones exhibit, but what I am sort of obsessed with doing is creating color pyramids. Some upright, some inverted or horizontal, but the basic idea of one long strip of color mirrored on the opposite side of the canvas by a smaller, apex splash of color (It's more on my mind than how close a cat's head is to the vicinity of certain lady bits for example).
I thought this image would be a good example of what I'm talking about. If you follow the color triangles you can see (in this case) six seperate triangles. That's a new record for me, though I do need to add one more daisy and match the color at the base of the mountains with her dress better in order for it to really work. I don't *always* do it, it doesn't work for some paintings...and I don't think the viewer is aware that I'm doing it, but it shows a little of where my mind's at when I'm working through a compostion.
BTW, the snow capped mountains are evened out by the white in the daisies but it doesn't really create a pyramid so I'm not counting that one.