My latest goal is to achieve harmony in my paintings. I'm doing several small studies in order to achieve this goal. It's easier to get my ideas down small. It gets more complicated when I paint bigger. But at least the initial simple concept is recorded at this point. Then if I can carry out this same idea painting larger, I believe it will be harmonious.
How does one achieve harmony? I'm still exploring that one. Yesterday I saw a program on the art of Japanese flower arranging - an art that goes back thousands of years. There are very few "ingredients" in these flower arrangements. But every addition is well thought out and balanced. Negative space is also an important part. Of course, I related this to painting because I believe the same ideas are important.
I would love to know what you think creates harmony in a painting!