The ideas it’s based on
Warmth can be expressed in a number of different ways. A reassuring glance, a handshake or hug, a roaring log fire or the support from a loved one. As humans we have the desire to feel it on all kinds of levels. It’s important you know this about the painting because that was one of the reasons why I painted it – to make me feel warm and cosy. In the physical world our responses to temperature are signified by many things, even if all that really is is a measurement of the energy of molecules.
An enormous painting in execution
Anyway, let’s not get too science geek here; instead let’s focus on the painting. It is composed of a series of movements that were applied from all sides of the canvas; something I can do as I work flat on the floor. I like working from all sides of the canvas as it allows me to judge which parts should collide into each other and which ones should stand alone.
I get to control how warm or how cold the painting feels and where to place the right balance of colours. By that I mean the need to let the painting work effortlessly from one side to the other without your eye telling you to stop. That can actually be quite a difficult thing to do – balance is easily lost.
My own opinion on things
But hey, enough of all the fancy stuff – just look at those colours! How can you not feel wrapped up in a snuggle blanket when you’re sat in front of this? I can almost hear the crackle of logs on a roaring fire.
It’s also incredibly detailed in places, featuring some very finely applied sections of paint. For me the need to show the very small and the very big was fundamental to capturing the whole temperature thing. A pint of boiling water may seem like a single thing but in fact it’s trillions of water molecules bouncing around. Big, small, you get the idea.
Where the name came from
So it’s all about energy in its raw state. And on that subject it’s right to mention the name. It may seem odd that I should choose Permission To Land as a title when that doesn’t really have any connection with what I’ve been talking about so far.
Well, the answer to that mystery is simple – it’s an album by The Darkness and it played at every session. If ever there was a band with energy it’s them. In the end it was easy to link the two together.
My gallery is a very cold place. The walls keep the cold from escaping and the skylights let out any trace of heat that I may throw out from the blower. So being able to stand in front of this painting is a sensory relief from the endless cold, even it that only ever manifests itself in my mind.
Works for me.
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