Red and blue
It’s been quite a while since I did a blue and red abstract art work and back then (2011 I think?) it was a long thin painting with influences from the galaxies and stars.
Since then I have used those two colours in all kinds of combinations but never together and certainly not in the quantities of paint that I’ve used on this one. But I have to say that I am thrilled with the result and very glad I took the plunge at after all these years.
There are other colour used of course, and you can see them quite clearly, but the main focus of my attention was always blue and red. And in this painting it’s my faithful Swarez blue that’s most prominent (it’s my own unique colour by the way and exists nowhere else!).
The all important technique
I’m not going to make any secret about how I painted Swept Off My Feet; I used five different sizes of baking tin and loaded them with varying combinations of paint. I climbed onto my suspension rig (that’s one I’m keeping a secret but it suspends me over the canvas so I don’t have to reach) and poured out the paint.
Sounds simple doesn’t it? Perhaps you’d like to see the ones that didn’t go so well? Let me assure you that it is indeed easy to tilt your hand and watch paint pour out of a flat tray. Turning it into something you can call art, however, is another matter.
I have used this technique on a similar painting called Innocence Faded
The thought process behind it
The skill, experience and dexterity comes from understanding what it is you want to achieve in the first place. My objective was clear. A series of soft arcs, separate blue and red segments, a small selection of complimentary hints and some splash effects.
I wanted a strong, flowing movement and I wanted to be absolute with how much of the canvas I filled up. And as I was using a very new technique (for me at least) I was adamant in putting in as much detail as I could get.
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