In 1957, Painters Eleven member Harold Town introduced Macdonald to Lucite 44, a fluid quick-drying painting medium. Macdonald used Lucite in his work from this point forward. Lucite allowed Macdonald to apply paint to canvas with the same speed and freedom he expressed with watercolour on paper. Contemplation was painted with his new material of choice. This canvas, acquired in 1964, was one of the first abstract works the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria would purchase.