Anyone who knows my work will know that I have a penchant for colour! I love all colour really and I experiment with how to combine colours to add relief, light, warmth – nothing is out of bounds.
But the colour I would never be without is white. It fixes everything. I use white in every piece – often as my final flurry of splatter. It can provide the necessary contrast for the viewer to see the colours within the piece without being sucked in to the intensity of the otherwise colour-rich scene. It allows the eye to see calm and lifts my work.
From top left: Spring, Summer. From bottom left: Autumn, Winter
I use white to pastelise colour seen here in Four Seasons where the use of yellow in pastel form has introduced light without starkness. In Four Seasons: Winter, the undiluted crispness of pure white reflects the coolness of the season.
I’m actually planning a piece that uses mostly white and subtle tones of white (yes white comes in many colours). After all, texture is also part of what makes original paintings so special so this will play a big part too. Watch this space for the end result.
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