Painting without limits
If you take the literal meaning of Carte Blanche then you can apply it, in art terms, to be the ability to do pretty much whatever you want; meaning there aren’t any rules and there aren’t any boundaries. You can literally do what you want, and in many ways this is very liberating and very freeing for an artist. Being able to do and think what you damn well please is pretty awesome.
However, without a basic structure, idea or some kind of rule this can be very demotivating and can send you off thinking all kinds of weird and wonderful things, not all of them entirely constructive. So the ability to paint with the freedom to do as you please is very powerful but it’s something that must be used responsibly.
Great size and shape
This particular painting is quite long so it’s going to be perfect behind a sofa or a console table or on a long feature wall. One of the things that I really like about this one, which is unusual in comparison to some of my others, is it’s easy-going pallet of colour. Here we have a very light blue, a rich purple and some spectacular gold and cream hints. These blend and weave with yellow and orange to bring the painting to a calm, relaxing and almost Zen-like existence.
It certainly doesn’t take any effort to appreciate it and I think that’s one of the key things about this painting. If you want something that celebrates abstract art and something that celebrates you (but don’t want it to wrestle you to do for every time you walk past it) then consider Carte Blanche to fill that blank wall you’ve been staring at for ages.
The benefits of a good abstract painting
Although it’s an abstract there are some very definite shapes contained within it. These usually trigger a conscious reference point; things like the sea, maybe sand or a shoreline perhaps. Maybe you see mountains, or the sky or a sunset. This is your brain’s reaction to the need to make sense of what it sees. It will pick out all kinds of things to help it understand a painting like this.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean I deliberately put them in there. I think that’s the real win for an good abstract painting – that you get to choose exactly what you want to see within it and every time you do so it will change its story. I love that.