A colourful abstract painting, perfect for almost any kind of space
It’s nice to not have any kind of light and dark thing going on for a change.
It’s also good to break off from having a story to tell and just enjoy what you do for the hell of it.
When all that exists is goodness I think you can tell in an instant.
THE STORY BEHIND IT
Use any positive or happy words you want to.
That’s my feeling with this incredibly buoyant and charming abstract. Another Day in Paradise was created at the end of a very busy series of sessions earlier in the year. It was a period of intense commission activity where the stresses and strains of working to someone else’s brief became overwhelming. In order to cleanse my mind palette I break off at times and paint for myself and for the love of the materials I hold so dear to my heart.
We could talk endlessly about finding that special place or being in a zone but the truth of the matter is that I had been so consumed with what other people had asked me to paint that I needed to do something that I wanted to do, without the fear of feedback from another person.
So this is the point at which I painted Another Day in Paradise. A light and carefree painting full of all those sunny colours we associate with feeling good. I even get the rush of a cool breeze as I look at this – reminiscent of those long summer days as a kid with and ice cream in one hand and a bucket and spade in the other.
There are no hang ups, no vices, no baggage and no back story with this painting – in its essence it’s simply a celebration of colour. I’ve chosen to weave that into all kinds of intricate patterns and forms and blend that all important deep turquoise-green into the centre to help counteract that big expanse of red. The side gets finished off with a deep blue and Voila! the composition is complete. I particularly like the weaving in of green tones as this is pretty much the colour that brings the whole painting together. Nothing heavy, nothing difficult and nothing to slap your face about.
It’s got all the joy of owning an original piece of abstract art without the pain or angst that can sometimes be associated with it. It will happily sing and dance when you need it to yet sit quietly in the background when you don’t. And with a palette of colour as broad as this one you needn’t be scared of fitting it into your lifestyle; it’ll pretty much go with anything.