For this new series of paintings I wanted to push past the typical end point of my process and make that the new beginning point of my process. So I decided to try pouring paint onto a flat smooth surface in individual 1/4" strips with approximately equal lengths, using a continuous flow of different color paint to create a swirling gradient from one line of paint to the next. Then let it dry. After that I could peel them off the smooth surface and then begin the painting from that point. Starting from what I normally considered the end of a work--after the paint dries.
Now I could arrange the ribbons of paint onto a canvas in a new manor. So I began placing them in the order they were made but now partly overlapping, like sentimental layers of earth building up over time. Trying to place them as even and straight as possible, but also allowing my inconsistencies and the variations in the dried paint ribbons to guide the processes as well. The overlapping then created a texture, and the variation in the line and color created an optical affect, both of which I welcomed. The end result was a landscape of softly shifting colors.
Overall, these paintings reveal to me that even a slight variation in the order of a process can create new pictorial complexity.