Boxed Fruit Series: Bowl of Fruit with Flame Orange Tissue
14' x 15", oil on canvas, 2011
THE POWER OF THE CENTER
Of all the formats, a square canvas is the most difficult to compose. Since a circle fits quite nicely within a square there is a tendency to have everything revolve around and focus on the center. In other words it becomes static.
Here the center is meant to dominate. Everything radiates out from it and condenses back into the center. It is a sacred guide to deep meditation.
My composition is not a square but it is based on a circle. The rectangle is created by six key points on the circle. It's a bit complicated but the rectangle is divided into two central squares and four flanking 'Golden Section' rectangles. It is serious business and is referred to as
The Painter's Secret Geometry. The center of the clementine sits on the center of the rectangle.
THE POWER OF COLOR
Mathias Grunewald (1475-1528)
Resurrection and Transfiguration of Jesus,
from the Isenheim Altarpiece
Grunewald was the original German Expressionist. He did not hold anything back. By the way, the composition is comprised of a square below (soldiers,rocks,etc) and a Golden Section rectangle above. Powerful stuff.
Color is used for full impact. Out of the terrestrial palette of earth tones, Jesus rises with the twisting fabric changing from cool whites into violet and crimson. A flame orange nimbus radiates celestial yellow all set against a ink black sky.