The inspiration for this painting came from seeing a rainbow just before sunset here in Brooklyn, NY.
I was surprised at the intensity of this particular rainbow, and it made me want to know more about what I was seeing. So I went looking and found the rainbow article on Wikipedia. Reading about how a rainbow occurs across a cloud of spherical water droplets sparked my imagination. This might be a perfect subject to paint using a field of my hand-painted circles.
Trying this out was a lot of fun, but also pretty challenging! One of the limitations that my circular marks create is a sort of reduced resolution. It turns out that the 7 or 8 color edges required along the arc needed to happen in less space than I usually use for this sort of transition.
In the end, I got something that I was excited enough about that I began a series of related rainbow paintings, so no complaints. And I think I learned something about the way a painting comes together that I can’t even put into words yet.
No better reason to paint!