This painting is an exploration of occlusion and negative space. I started by pulling a rich palette of ochres and blues of varying transparency across the canvas in a squeegee-like motion, draping the entire panel. For reasons I can’t explain, with a china marker, I began drawing a series of orbs, of varying shapes and sizes, the position of each determined by an innate sense of balance and composition. Only then did I use the opaque cream color to occlude parts of the translucent field in an optical transfiguration: foreground became background; translucence became opaque; objects sharpened and popped. Voila!: the Orbs. From the first stone-like objects appearing in my Water series, came the Orbs; this same sentiment took on a more geometric sense in Pink and Blue.
A Wendy Pabich original painting. From the Burst collection. Acrylic and china marker on gallery-wrapped canvas. 30" x 30" x 1.5".