Orb I
Orb I

Orb I

Mad Honey

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From the Burst collection. 30" x 30" x 1.5”. Acrylic and china market on gallery-wrapped canvas by Wendy Pabich. 

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.