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Kate Emlen: Composition, motion, and color: these are the elements of the formal language of painting that absorb me. When I’m working, I’m not thinking, but let the rhythms within take over. When I stand back from the painting, I am looking for motion of composition, the play of space and counterspace, the weight of color, and how all these elements are influencing one another. A painting is complete when I can feel it is moving and breathing as a whole. This is the wonderful mystery I look for in every painting: the mystery of natural rhythms taken into the rhythm of paint.