There’s little doubt in my mind about how this new abstract painting makes me feel. The sun was definitely a major contributing factor in its creation and formed the basis for the selection of colours.
So here we have a dominant orange – not one that overpowers you though; think of it as more like a dense terracotta with a fiery undertone. Added to this is a vibrant sunny yellow, a smattering of purple and a series of orange hues that compliment the main one.
What about that black circle then?
Good point! I choose to mention black in its own context because it has such an important and critical role to play in the painting.
Its addition was decided upon to help focus the eye on the rings that are contained within it. Think about how a vignette works for photographers – it’s a trick they use to keep your eye on the main focal point.
In the context of the painting it’s everything inside the large yellow circle that I want you to take in. Naturally your eye will move around other points but the black does a great job of concentrating your focus on the rings that form within it.
The addition of the thin white ring at the outer edge gives us a suggestion of space and size and of the feeling that this is bigger than it really is. This is yet another impressive quality of light and dark extremes – they help you quantify distance and volume.
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