This painting came about from an error in remembering which sketch to use. I started with a sketch from an already finished painting but caught the error in time to change the format of the images just enough to create another festive painting. I am pleased with how this one turned out. The legacy of music and creative arts is rendered in this Plastic Space abstraction highlighting the importance of music to the relationship of other cultural arts like sculpture and textiles swirling together into a moving breathing entity. I first did a lot of research on ancient African musical instruments and masks to gather images that work within my musical paintings. By sketching out the idea with graphite on paper, I work the design until it has balance and interest. Sometimes this process can take weeks or months until I feel ready to paint. Then I transfer it to canvas where I begin to add color with oils. This is the challenging part and often it takes a life of it's own and can go beyond the original sketch. This process takes time and concentration to complete and can last weeks, months, or in some cases, years. The final product can be a rewarding surprise.