Lilac and purple
Let’s consider these colours for a moment. They are, by their very nature, calming and grounded. Sure, purple exists in many different tones and evokes emotions from a broad spectrum, but on the whole these two colours are relaxing and offer comfort.
Life, then, becomes a whole lot more interesting when you add colours in that contradict and challenge. Part of the experimental processes I undertake are concerned with colour pairing.
It’s the best way to learn – put things together and if you like it you go with it. Colour is such a personal thing and you don’t need a colour wheel to tell you what works and what doesn’t!
So lilac and purple are the main feature colours here but in to that goes black, blue, gold, white and a cameo appearance from pink.
Putting the ideas together
It’s to this end that the painting was split in to two main parts. We have a base layer which comprises of dark blues and black (even raw pigment in places) plus a generous dose of white for good measure.
After a couple of weeks I began the top layers that form the complex structures. Through the lilac splatters you can see purple and black paint speckles and deep rich chasms of blue. It’s a real rollercoaster ride of light and dark and effervesces life at every turn.
I liken to an adrenaline rush on canvas. So the name Thrillseeker seemed entirely appropriate.
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