Sometimes I just want to be light and frivolous in the studio, and that's how this new abstract painting came about. I began with a cadmium red light, which is one of my favorite colors.
I worked in an overall manner with loose brushstrokes. I used parchment and a pale yellow for light and airiness. I added several shades of lavender for fun. A darker plum red gave some weight, and a pale green-gray provided the background.
After playing with all these colors, I stood back and decided the painting needed a touch of black. Using a smaller brush with a thinned-down mars black, I made some quick playful strokes.
Here's what it looks like now: