Blue and gold and all things nice!
I have used this drag and remove technique many times over the years and each time I do I discover something new or learn a little more. Of course, that’s worth nothing unless you have a direction to take it in.
So here we have North by Northwest, created with a series of gorgeously deep blue colours fused together with hints of gold and orange and just the odd feature of purple, white and black.
In fact, it’s the black I want to talk about first as it forms a rather clever backbone for the whole painting and one you may not be aware of as you look at it from a distance. Notice the opposing ‘V’ shape that the black forms? These are the two paints strokes that define the positions, shape and feel of the whole painting.
My own opinion for these dragged paint artworks is that they should have an anchor point – a place from where the other lines and colours come from or get defined by.
Defining these points is not a given though and may not always be requirement, but I believe that these linear and repetitive techniques need something to ground the eye before it’s allowed to wander off.
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