I’ve been trialing some new application methods recently and have got to a point where I can begin using them on paintings I’m happy to put my name to. I also recently used the same set of methods on a painting called Swept Off My Feet.
So here we have a bold series of movements fused with the classic colour combination of black and orange (and a little turquoise and gold too). These are placed atop a highly textured base of champagne and cream.
There’s no escaping the big area of paint sat in the centre. It’s comprised a several layers applied in reasonably quick succession. How quick depends on the effects I am trying to achieve but typically I don’t leave it more than 30 mins between applications.
This enables me to create distinct shapes in some parts but choose to blend them in others. For this painting I needed to have a mix of the two principles. It’s one thing being clear on the colour selections but another on how you place them and in what form they should be seen.
The painting works really well in all orientations as a result of this – changing its dynamic with each rotation.
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