An explosion of colour
It doesn’t matter whether you see and explosion or a birth or something altogether more interesting there’s certainly no ignoring this new starburst-like painting. I’ve done one or two in this kind of style over the years but never anything as complex or with as many colours in it.
In order to push my own limits I am always asking questions in my head about what I think is possible. This is my ideas factory – born from the constant need to ask questions about what I can and can’t do. Very often the only way to find out what works is to do it.
Bound for Glory is part of that ‘what if’ process. My colleague Adrian built me a wooden wigwam contraption to help me space out paint applications across multiple sessions-this is how I built up the colours to get the effects of an explosion.
It’s a complex procedure requiring some frantic split-second decision making but when it’s right it’s euphoric. I’ve had to throw away a huge amount of canvas and paint however as things often go terribly wrong. And I mean really wrong!
But out of the trial and error stage comes something you can be proud of and this is definitely one of them. I doubt I will paint like this again because the process and stress of doing five (over four months) has been an absolute nightmare.
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