Monochromes and things
This painting is born from a love of monochromatic tones. Working with black and white is a favourite of mine but add in a little silver, some gold and a bit of cream for warmth and you get a truly memorable series of expressive colours that just beg you to have some fun with them.
Scale is also important too which is why I decided to go large. I tend to be way more free and easy when I have a large expanse of canvas to work with. I could go ten times the of this if I had the space.
The backbone to the painting is the silver and it was the first series of paint movements I applied. This gives the whole painting a gorgeous metallic property that changes as light hits it from certain angles. It’s quite the surprise actually and something you don’t expect just looking at it from a static viewpoint.
It’s this backdrop that gives all the foreground layers their power and lustre. Here we feature all the other tones on offer – gold, cream, white and black. The latter was the last series of movements that I applied and it’s what gives the painting its gravity and shape. With light there is inevitably dark and we absolutely need them both – especially in a painting like this.
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