The what and the how
Red Moon is a large contemporary painting created with gold, silver, black and white paints on canvas. It was created on one of my live stream broadcasts in early 2021 and features a magnificent arc of black which has become the focal point of the painting.
In fact, it came out of nowhere really and was the result of some quick thinking on my part after I spilled some black paint. I decided to use it rather than waste it so quickly changed my approach to the painting – which was to go another way altogether.
Where the name came from
When I was looking for a suitable name it was my colleague Adrian who suggested Red Moon. The red, however, doesn’t denote any colour in the actual painting but instead a reference to the former Soviet Union.
We have both recently been watching a series on Apple TV+ called ‘For All Mankind’ which chronicles what may have happened if the Russians had landed on the moon before the Americans. It’s a brilliantly written drama and I urge you to watch it if you can.
The Russian link came down to the painting reminding me of the hammer and sickle that the flag carried upon it. So, when you couple that with the moon-like colours and textures the name seemed to fit brilliantly – so we kept it!
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