“Search for the celestial pattern. As you find it, establish it in yourself.”
I use the classical tools of compass, straightedge & pencil. My compositions begin with a web of circles in the flower of life or genesis pattern. Gradually a number, shape or pattern starts to emerge. Complexity builds up as I draw hundreds of arcs & lines, following visual intuition.
What I look for in a composition is a balance of opposites:
Curve & line;
Simplicity & complexity;
Symmetry & spontaneity;
Centrality & expansion.
Whenever I step back from a finished composition the result is a surprise, something I could never premeditate. It becomes a mandala, or a musing on some aspect of the cosmic blueprint.