When making the pattern my first priority was to keep a consistent pattern to hold the entire piece together. The pattern ended up becoming a series of circles going across the paper. After that I added squares and broke up some of the circles to keep the work active. The stars were added for the same reason, but are the major points that hold the piece together.
When painting the work I wanted there to be a strong sense of contrast between the 3 main parts of this piece: The dark background, the yellow circles, and the rest of the shapes and colors. The complimentary colors between the circles and other shapes with the background gives the piece depth which aids in making it look bight and active. The darker colors are all mixed complimentary colors used to brighten the complimentary colors that have a higher value than the dark, intense background.