This one, Strata
, is 78"x24," comprised of four panels. The layering of shades of white/grey/gold in the top panel is quite nuanced, the top layers removed in places with solvents to create depth. The lower panel is an intense, glowing red,and the two middle panels earthy, kind of metallic looking.
The title refers to the geological layers, but also on a more personal level, to hidden or buried aspects of experience.
As I was working at arranging these panels, I originally had the white panel configured with several other cool, subtle panels (see early version below on 12/17--in this photo you can also see the red panel arranged with others of similar color.)The effect was pleasing and calm and I was inclined to finish it off in that direction.
But when I placed the cool white one in relation to the warm, bold red panel, these two somehow complemented and enhanced one another in an unexpected way...I abandoned my earlier arrangement, which now seemed more "timid" than "calm."
When my husband Don and son Ben saw this one, both responded with what I call a "wow" reaction (not necessarily involving that actual word, but conveying it nonetheless.) Since a lot of my work requires thoughtful, quiet contemplation on the part of the viewer to appreciate, I don't expect or intend to elicit many outright "wows"--but when they do happen, I have to admit it is satisfying.