When I paint, especially non-objective art, I am seeking a balance of design. Simply put, the shapes and colors can’t be too heavy or light or bunched up in one corner… as if they had substance and would tilt the painting just by looking at it. Even if a painting is asymmetrical in composition, it still needs to be balanced. The shapes, colors, shadows and lightness of the composition should lead your eye through the work and not off it’s edge and out of the frame. Roads should lead in to the point of interest, arms should tip your eyes back into the frame, curves should lead you back, not out.
Often times I take my work and rotate it on the wall or easel and step back for a wider perspective. I turn them upside down and on their sides to see if it all works. Then I adjust accordingly. It should balance out no matter which way you hang it. Paintings with subject matter need a top and bottom, sure, but they ought to be balanced in shape and color.
Does my latest fractal painting work regardless of orientation? I test it out, but still, my mind finds a top and bottom… somehow it just resonates with me to be hung a certain way. Here are two images… which way do you prefer?
Finally, I decide. Somehow, I just go “aaahhh” when it’s oriented this way. True North! So for me, this is it: