Gemini Rising

very large blue and gold abstract art

‘Gemini Rising’
is a magnificent painting composed of two stunning forms and beautiful colours

250cm x 180cm (99″ x 71″)

£2700 (was £5495)

includes UK delivery and hanging

Creating the details

For an abstract painting with a relatively simple composition there are a surprising amount of small details bursting out of it.

Around the blue tones (at the edges of the painting) you can find tiny seems of purple and grey as well as small rivers and valleys of paint; often these are extremely subtle tonal variations that were mixed on the canvas as I applied paint over paint.

The blue layers also feature some bubbling textures which were chemically induced to mimic the feeling of moving water. It’s not relevant to the subject matter of the painting – I put them in because they look cool!

Up close the inner structures are truly mesmerizing. Tiny cells and small striations of paint dance through the main paint applications and can only really be appreciated when you stick your nose right in. In many areas the paint looks like feathers – which is good seeing as I was inspired to paint this after reading a book on fallen angels.

From darkness to light – revealing the secret

One of the things I tell people (who ask me how to paint abstracts) is to get to grips with the whole light and dark thing. Our world is packed full of it on a physical and emotional level. It’s an essential tool in an artist’s toolbox.

In Gemini Rising I am using that to great effect. Most obviously is the outer blue halo that envelops the two main structures but, at the opposite end of the scale, the part that gives us the light is a shimmering metallic silver that sits in the top left part of the two central structures.

The whole point of this amazing silver addition is two-fold. Firstly it adds depth by promoting the thought of an actual light contained within the structures and, secondly, it’s light reflective (unlike pure white) so I can increase its relative luminosity by adding a spotlight or two.

The effect is extraordinary. From the density of those dark brooding blues you get a sudden ray of light piercing your peripheral vision. Add some carefully chosen placements of metallic gold and (an amazing turquoise) and you get some beautiful shaded gradients of light and dark that sit perfectly within the confines of the two extremes. I can’t show this too well on static photographs but trust me it’s epic!

So the painting is big, it’s very blue and it’s packed full of light and dark. Now all you gotta do is find the wall space and eight and a half grand and you’re done!

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