And, because of the way I see painting now, I thought immediately of John Singer Sargent's "El Jaleo." No, the Sargent isn't an abstract and it is horizontal, but take a look at the colors -- the deep blacks, the grays, the hints, here, of orange that explode in the piece by Williams -- and the mood:
The viewer's eye is carried through the painting along the same -- driving -- curves. The layers of shadow and foreground/background here, and the dancer and her band, form the same kinds of intricate relationships for us to study.
My husband's clear favorite -- of all of Diane Williams's work on show -- was this painting, which anchors a front wall of her studio space; she calls these forms "Chrysanthemums":
Stunning. And here, I love this painting, but I am torn trying to find the direct line to this breakthrough. When I think about other artists who have pursued these rounded bursts of color, I have two people in mind. The first is Joan Mitchell and "Sunflowers":
And the second is Cy Twombly's "Rose" series:
There is a kind of beauty-coming-right-off-the-canvas here, in all three of these works, that means we can keep looking. These paintings are filled with joy.