Using black white and gold in abstracts
I have written before on my love of using these colours – especially in the bigger paintings I create. Black and white are absolute favourites of mine because they are so expressive. However, when you add in gold (and in my case a stunning metallic version) the whole dynamic changes enormously.
With Major Minor the premise was clear. Opposing black, white and gold stripes (if you can call them that) and spaced reasonably equal whilst being applied from the top and bottom. This is never an issue for me because I paint everything flat on the floor so I can move around all sides of the canvas.
Spacing and density
When I work with black, I am always incredibly careful with the quantities I use. It’s surprisingly easy to use way too much and spoil everything. I have learned over the years that I need to apply it in waves so as not to destroy a perfectly good composition.
In this painting it was pretty much touch and go the whole way through. As I add the thinning medium, I get a different rate of affect than with all the other colours, meaning it takes longer for the paint to spread and dissolve. And with that I need patience as I can very easily add more paint before I’ve given a previous application the time it needs to settle and spread.
I absolutely could not afford for that to happen here otherwise I would stand to lose the white space and the balance of the other tones.
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