Blue and black in abstract paintings
Using blue and black can be a very tricky thing though and I always plan things out carefully before I start opening tins of paint. The blue in particular has to be considered carefully and in this painting I have used five different shades.
I have done one similar to this called Antares (from 2011) and one from 2016 called Interstellar. Both have space themes going on and Black Star follows the same path – using the cosmos as a backdrop for the subject matter.
From light to dark
I am always fascinated by the way that light and ark play out against each other. In that vast majority of my original paintings there are usually references to this somewhere – even if black and white paints aren’t used.
The stark contrast between the two are easy to define and digest with Black Star and it’s one of the reasons why it succeeds so well. It has the ability to let you see both extremes at once with no messing about and no room for interpretation.
All you have to do is decide if you like it or not! Art doesn’t have to be complicated – it just has to resonate. It’s sometimes good to leave it there and not delve too deeply.
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