A few people have asked about my process on these - whether it's mapped out beforehand or primarily intuitive. It's pretty much intuitive. I start out with a lot of colours on the canvas, which don't necessarily make sense with each other or even indicate how the finished piece will look. Then I grab my charcoal and begin drawing a few random shapes and lines - quite free flow and calligraphic. And then it is a series of layer upon layer, scratching, washes, and more drawing. A large percentage of the time it scares me as I'm pretty sure I've lost any colour sense or composition completely! But then I step back and look for larger shapes and then begin the process of unifying.
By the way, I am teaching a class on abstract painting this Saturday in Niagara-on-the-Lake. If anyone is interested mesage me for details!
acrylic / 12" x 12" on gallery wrapped canvas