Imagine the beauty of a classical symphony. Imagine the sweetness of an oatmeal raisin cookie. Imagine the awe of a sublime landscape. All of these have the element of harmony. Different parts work together to create a gorgeous whole.

When I painted this painting, I was first trying to grasp working abstractly. I decided to do a number of abstract paintings, mainly to improve my compositional skills. My first series was Harmony and Chaos. I really loved these paintings, and the freedom that working abstractly gave me. I ended up working this way almost exclusively for 10 years.

When I painted this I was basing it off of imagery like stained glass windows. I was listening to music that had a lot of harmonious notes. Both of these flowed together to make this painting.

A great thing about painting abstractly, is that the viewer can interpret the painting however they wish to. Some people have told me they see a piano, or an astronaut in this painting. Even though that was not my intention, I am happy that they are looking at the painting, and searching for meaning.

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April 27, 2010

Susie @ 12:45 am #

Jared, you are a great teacher! I have learned so much from you about the technique of painting, but also, how to apply your thoughts and feelings to your work.

Tom @ 3:58 pm #

I really like this better than most of your abstracts. There is a definite form. It has a neon glow to it. It seems more sophisticated than the majority of your work. I think you should try to do more along these lines.

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