Bring the light
Cloud Number 9 is a large rectangular abstract painting that features a light grey background with a number of bright colours formed over the top.
My enamel paints are at the heart of this painting (like all the others of course) but in particular it’s the way I have layered, and built, them up that really sets this apart from some of my other works.
The sheer volume of paint has created some incredible textures but it’s the way that light moves across the undulating surfaces that really captivates you. The assault on your senses comes from both colour and light – it really is quite surprising when you stand in front of it.
Take me to the clouds above…
But of course, the giving doesn’t just stop there. The sheer presence of this big canvas is also something to behold. Size can be overwhelming, but not in this case. The ability to get away with something this size is down to the clever positioning of the coloured layers and, perhaps most critically, the amount of surface area I chose to leave alone.
The blended base layer (or background) of light grey, cream and white is a master stroke of restraint but one that is powerful enough to bring depth and balanced to the painting, It’s never too overpowering and never steals the limelight – yet without it in its current form the painting would struggle.
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