I have grown seriously interested in the work of Morris Louis and find that his compositions “suggest” new ways of thinking about how to pour paint for Rorschachs. Morris Louis was an Abstract Expressionist-Color field painter, for those who don’t know. His works have a lot of symmetry in them and it appears that he poured painted similarly on the two sides of his canvas. However, he did not it seems, fold the two sides together to create amorphous shapes. He was more interested in the purity of color. nonetheless, the way that he poured his paints is interesting from a design point of view and offers fresh possibilities for Rorschach designs. I am particularly interested in his designs that are located on the edges of the canvas or on the corners. I wonder why he was interested in symmetry?
Also, apropos an earlier comment that I think color backgrounds work better for color Rorschachs, it is interesting to note that Morris Louis painted on raw canvas sometimes and several works are on white background. It does not seem to interfere with color but I will have to see his work in person. I still find the white background to be so “stark”. This may be a matter of personal preference.
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