So much of art can be distilled down to a basic conflict between chaos and harmony.
Chaos is unexpected, unwanted, unknown. It’s that burst of activity amongst a quiet background. It’s that unwanted mistake. It’s dropping the canvas on the floor. It’s the subject moving whilst you’re painting.
Harmony is connection, expectation, pattern, repetition, relationships. It’s when everything works together. It’s the blues, greens, and purples in Claude Monet’s water lilies series. It’s when you place the right color in the right place.
Fraser Island, Drama (below) leans towards chaos, especially compared to its subtle counterpart. It captures the vibrant sunset from the end of the jetty. It’s a battle of light against gritty darkness, warm against cool.
Chaos in this case is the rough brushwork and palette knife strokes; the vague jetty; the turbulent water.
Harmony is the relationship between warm and cool; the balance between sky and sea; the repetition and structure of the jetty; the patterns created by the sky and clouds.