Speed of Light

abstract art painting in hallway

A small multi-coloured abstract painting with red, gold and blue paints

How happy is this? A new technique and two different versions of my paints – marvellous!
115cm x 80cm (45″ x 32″)


Speed of Light by Swarez
Speed of Light art by Swarez
bands of gold paint
red blue and gold paint

So what is it then?

Speed of Light is a multi-coloured leap into happiness. It’s a bold quote for sure but then again just look at it – bright cheerful tones, big explosions of colour and some exquisite detailing.

It’s not meant to be anything figurative so you can either choose to let it become an emotional thing (meaning, how does it make you feel) or it can become something more tangible (meaning that you try to make it into something you recognize). Either way you’re a winner if you get some kind of reaction – that’s the hallmark of a good abstract painting – you get feedback almost instantly.

New techniques

I can’t reveal exactly how I get some of the effects with my paints but i can tell you that in this abstract painting I had great fun dropping paint from 7 feet in the air on to the canvas (very messy) and also picking it up and moving it around (quite a lot!).

That may sound simplistic but I assure you that a drop or a twist in the wrong place and it all turns to a dark brown sludge. Not the best outcome at the end of a successful paint session. I have used two versions of my enamel paint – one of which is a very thin version to enable me to turn something quite vicious into a runny liquid.

See the reveal in this YouTube video of me seeing it for the first time after leaving it to cure.

abstract multi coloured art

Using red, blue and gold

This is a combination of colours I adore; they have an almost regal quality about them. One of the most important considerations for me is the use of accent colours when I’m putting together a composition.

I tend to be quite liberal with accents – believing that their use can help make a painting more rounded and complete. Of course this is blown out of the water when I’m creating in monochromes but then I usually adjust the way i paint when those kinds of canvases get cut.

Adding to the story of red, blue and gold is yellow, green and pink. They are a fantastic supporting cast that really help to show off the three main colours. I have also left a lot of the canvas white (referred to as negative space) so that you don’t get overwhelmed by all that razzmatazz.

Where can you hang this painting?

Just about anywhere! Because it doesn’t command too much wall space you’ll find that this combination of shape and colour is small enough to be well behaved but big enough to grab your attention. So it can happily fit with almost any colour scheme if necessary. I’d hang it in a hallway or kitchen if I had the space…

It’s light, uplifting and joyous so if you want o bring a celebration of life into a space that desperately needs it then drop me a line today.

Free home viewing

You pick the art, we bring the gallery.
That’s right, you can stay at home, sit on the sofa and let the art come to you.
Pick as many as you want to see and only pay if you decide to buy.


  • Canvas: Polyester 320gsm
  • Preparation: One coat of primer
  • Paints: Enamel paint (7 colours) made to my own recipe
  • Frame: 44mm Museum graded floating frame with 8 tensioning corner wedges.
  • Hand-stretched and stapled on the reverse