An uplifting moment…
Paradise is a stunning (and very large) multi color abstract painting created using a unique ‘water colour ‘ technique. In fact, this enormous painting saw me thin down my paints so that I could pour them onto a pre-coated canvas and treat them as if they were, well, water!
But this only tells half the story as I created the whole painting in one session whilst broadcasting live on our weekly Live Stream broadcast (that we put out each Wednesday). The pressure is real, even though I never show it and on this occasion I was having an absolute blast! I think you can tell that in the mix of vibrant and varied colours.
From the outset I wanted to make something tropical. I love all those rich, indulgent colours that nature produces where there air is warm and the soils are fertile. I am immediately drawn to thoughts of a coastal paradise somewhere as I let the colours and forms whisk me off to a remote Caribbean island or other far flung place.
A carnival of color
That’s another great word to use in association with this large original painting – a carnival. Each time you look at it it feels like a celebration of life. Each carefree twist and turn is packed full of energy and movement and there’s never a dull moment with this in the room.
The technique is remarkably simple but incredibly effective. You get your paints and mix in paint thinners then pour this thinned paint onto a pre-base coated canvas (in this case white). You need a flat surface to work on so that the paint doesn’t fall away and that’s it!
After a period of time with the painting I applied more thinners to areas that needed a little help to move and form with the other paints. The process is very cathartic actually and the whole broadcast is a joy to watch – check out the painting creation here.
If you have the space then this is going to light up your room like nothing else, it really is that good!