Eliminating details in pursuit of a contemporary abstract arrangement of shapes is the goal. Masses are kept simple and flat with emphasis on color and composition. A limited soft color palette, which is mixed intuitively, preserves the harmony and calm mood of the painting. Dark objects add contrast and form organic shapes. Bright light colors add highlight interest. Multiple thin layers of color and texture build the shapes and forms within the paint resulting in an image where mood takes precedence over place.