I cannot count how many times I have returned to this canvas. At first, I covered it in black gesso and tried to create something in the vein of a past painting I did that worked. But this time, it just didn’t work. I covered it many times with different ideas and layers. Seeing the black gesso peeking through layers of white reminded me of ice. I decided to try to paint an abstract winter scene. But again, it got shelved for possibly close to two years.
Recently, when working with the concept of contrast, I picked it up again. I looked at the two pieces of map that are collaged in, one being Russia and one part of Canada, and I got the idea of the two land masses with a gap in between, like the Bering Strait.
As usual, I had to let go of some elements I was holding onto: favourite scraps of paper or lines. I tried to improve the composition and repetition of certain elements.