"Chaos" sets part of the color scheme and pattern for the entire "Balance" collection. This is an abstract piece that was meant to be loud to be jarring, as if it were the visualization of the emotion of intensity and strain while still with a bit of excitement and adrenaline.
THE SKETCH AND REFERENCE:
My original intention for "Chaos" was for it to emulate almost a close of an elaborate carpet. I drew my color scheme from rich, contrasting colors seen in Mediterranean and Indian carpet work--rich oranges, jewel tones, and olive greens.
After drawing the patterns on white card paper (and making some atrocious mistakes), I decided to cut out individual patterns and paste them down again collage-style on a fresh piece of white card.
COLORING AND DETAIL:
After experimenting with different patterns and pasting them down with spray glue, I then proceeded to color in the ink patterns with acrylic--something, I realized in the process, that was extraordinarily difficult. However, the acrylic gave the piece the rich and graphic quality I wished to have.