In order to create paintings that include the element of time, Ridlon produces several paintings of the same subject at different times of day; morning, mid-day and evening. These paintings are done on acid free Arches paper. By varying the time frame, he can reflect on the changes of color, light, shadow, and mood.
After creating a large group of paintings on paper, Ridlon cuts them into smaller pieces and uses them as his palette. He selects and glues these pieces to canvas, integrating pieces from the smaller paintings on paper into one large scale work, creating a collage painting. The end result is the reflection of a day of color and light passing from morning to evening.
Most of the works in this series focus on fields of wild flowers and gardens; however, there are several collage paintings that reflect on changing seasons. All of the paintings in the series are the result of creating many smaller paintings, which are then cut up and reassembled into these larger works. The pieces measure 4' x 6' to 8' x 12' in scale.