Thursday, 6 February 2014

Proportions in space. Abstract composition, Feb 2014. Acrylic on canvas, 50cm x 50cm

The intensity of content is varied by many different components. Colour, shape and the proportions between them are fundamental building blocks to be sure. Beyond these we have an infinite array of other parts, and considering these, it's a challenge to stay even close to some kind of coherence in a painting. I worked carefully with areas, and placement here, and returned to the canvas numerous times. Initially texture had played a bigger role, but as the colours grew in significance the textural element diminished. I seeked the advice from fellow artists on a few occasions and this was always very helpful. The palette knife was again crucial for determining the nature of the outcome of this work. All enquiries to


  1. This is very dynamic, even seen small on my computer screen,each colour seems to push itself forward, only to be moved aside for the next to assert itself. I imagine it to be large. I like it, it's assertive and compelling.

  2. Thank you very much, Sarah. There is a movement in this image that I tried to accentuate by the simplest means possible, and I was also keen to choose colours that were both intense (red) passive (khaki) and the two opposing "non-colours" (black and white) were there to take the issue beyond a cacaphony of competing colours. It's rather small, this painting, but one that holds a peculiar place in my heart.