Reductionism

How do you progressively reduce the complexity of a visual idea? When does an idea become over-simplified? I'm regularly taunted by reductionism. Its a challenge to take elements out of an idea without seeing the larger thing quietly fall apart. These reflections, in Pink Flight Afloat (60 x 40 in | oil on panel) may still seem complex but they've undergone significant iterations of reductionism, a ruthlessly simplifying of forms: Three lines becomes one line; A gradated shadow becomes a flat plane; A spectral color transition becomes binary or even unary. It takes diligence for me. It's a challenge while painting: to resist seeing (and therefore painting) ever more detail. Whenever I

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