Monday, August 20, 2012

The role of red


In life as in painting, there are elements that we deem essential when in fact they are unnecessary and at worst detrimental. The red in my picture was from the beginning such an 'essential' until I saw it's role in a different way.

By burying it under mauve and green it flickers and animates without domination. It unifies in an underlying fashion. I found that red has a role, but the role for red in this case is underneath mauve.

Here is the difficulty in making paintings, judging this case, this arrangement, this message. A recipe will not fit every story. Unruly colours must be encouraged to sing in harmony and sing this particular song, sometimes it just takes longer than others to bring it all together.


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