started the sketches for this painting by trying to work
out a pentagonal tiling. Though I couldn't find one, when
I made 5 pointed stars inside each pentagon, and used two
different sizes of pentagon, an interesting pattern emerged,
with all of the stars one colour and the trapezoidal and
trainagular spaces between the stars the other colour.
Once I'd finished
sketching the stars, stripes (the simplest perfect tiling)
seemed like the obvious companion, and red, white and blue
the only possible colors I could use. I painted this in
June, and completed it a few days before July 4th. I think
of the field of stars "emerging" out of the stripes.