Putting these abstract designs together has been a wonderful way to learn some of the capabilities of the Procreate app for iPad. In addition, it had been an adventure in what might be called “cumulative composition”. I usually start with a base layer of either a solid color or of closely related colors and gradually add elements with the addition of several more layers. I call it “cumulative” because I don’t start with a plan for what it will look like. I just put some elements down and try to build up a composition piece by piece, as a collage, until it feels complete. In that sense, it seems akin to an improvisation.
An organizing theme may be color relationships or variations of a given shape (rectangle, square, circle). One of the techniques available in the app is to vary the transparency of elements on a layer. Using that, shapes can be intersected and combined in various ways which at the same time mixes the overlapped colors, adding variety. The main thing I aim for is a sense of balance, variety and textural consistency within each composition.
Creating these abstractions is at once a kind of meditation and a search for visual unity. It is both calming and creatively energizing at the same time. That may sound contradictory but it describes the way I feel while constructing these images.