Here is the set of images before my two week vacation in Italy and France.
The two image above are small drawings. I am using a repeat of the triangle, square and circle in each, with various horse images, at least in the image on the right side.
The image on the left I choose to just repeat the head of the horse, and weld it to various legs. There is nothing automatically correct however in how the images are composed. The study on the right side is rough, but important because I incorporated some of this style in later drawings.
The study on the left side is very much like what I did last week. The study on the right I started to take a new direction. In this study I have started to change up the scale of the horses from smaller and full body, to just the full head which you can see in the upper right hand side. The repeat element here are the arcs through out the image.
The last two studies I did are above. The first is a simple study placing the abstracted horses on the right hand side of the paper, and again changing the scale of the images. The last study I considered the most important study of all the drawings of the week. On the left I have stacked three horses, with one clock. The middle horse has an angry eye, which has its origination from the clock. The upper horse is also tied and originates from one of the hands of time. That image weighs against FIVE horses, three clocks, a triangle all set upon a massive square. This highly structured design represents set time. The horses and single clock coming from the left to the right represents rouge time, or a "black swan" like event.
It is a complex composition that uses many elements from all of my studies. This is simply not something I would have been able to compose even six months ago.
Out of everything I have done over the past year, this image really makes a huge leap in composition, design and depth. It feels like it is miles ahead of my earlier work called the Ascension of Time. It has numbers ( 3, 5 ) shapes ( triangle, square, circle), and life ( the horses ) and meaning ( I am showing the viewer a philosophical concept of time and rouge events).
So, I have taken this final study a step further into a study painting.
This is the painting, but in photoshop I have removed the color and just done it in Sepia for a very different effect. But the painting is in color as see below.
I added the ball of gold in the upper left hand corner for force. It is composed in spirals which pass through the eye of the middle horse and into the formation of fixed time. This painting is done with gold leaf on canvas, and phaleo blue paint. I also used iron mica for shading in the main images.
It is no mistake that the painting is lighter on the left hand side than the right. I am using the darker colors of the right to draw the eye. Plus, the images on the left side are meant to be less solid in color than the set time images on the right hand side.
Here is an antiqued image of the same painting.
So, this week I did several studies on repeated elements, and developed one of these studies into a full painting taking the concept the next step in evolution. My fascination with the nature of time, which shows up in many of my pieces, has returned with a force.
As please as I am with this study, it is still a study and I believe there is room for improvement upon this composition, and its execution as a painting.
Now, two weeks in Europe checking out Picasso, Luzatti, Matisse, Chagall, and many others.