Friday, 15 June 2012
Painting with colour...
Taking advantage of the light before the storm today and of my renewed energy (thanks to antibiotics) - I jumped up and decided to photograph some paintings that I finished ... when the sun shone warm and brightly and I felt free and light spirited.
These small paintings are a BIG step forward for me. There is a long history to my life as a painter and perhaps I'll tell it one day. But I will share that the last time I painted in colour was over 7 years ago.
I have rediscovered the joy of colour through my natural dying experiments. I can't describe the smile on my face, when I see red onion skin dye turn green when I add alum - or the indescribable blue from thawed bluebell petals - and the impossibly perfect pink like raspberries that is extracted from the pip of an avocado pear.
Suddenly - somehow, some light turned on in the darkness of my vision and I began to crave colour.
When I had used the couple of small canvases that I had stacked at the back of the cupboard under the stairs - I rushed to town to buy some more - and then tore out sheets of heavy paper and taped them to my drawing board on the living room floor - and painted for days.
I am trying to maintain this association between colour and joy - I am trying to push out the darkness - there is no more black and white.
Maybe that is what I should call these paintings. "There is No More Black and White"