It must be because Spring is in the air - as for the first time in a number of years, I am actually starting a painting in a colour other then blue! I suspect blue will make its way into the painting at some point though. Sometimes, I don’t work on a theme like water. Sometimes it is all about the colour. Can’t imagine a world without colour, I wonder how much we take it for granted? Today I am celebrating colour - one of life’s pleasures is to take a blank canvas and create a splash!
Why do I use blue? Perhaps it can be explained by psychologists or the late artist Yves Klein, I don’t know. I do know though that I am drawn to it, almost magnetised by it. It feels infinite and open, peaceful, tranquil. It reminds me of a particular time when I was scuba diving; we were all looking at the coral wall and the wonderful sea life living on it but something told me to turn around….to look into ‘the blue’ - there was nothing but blue but then…..a second later ….a Manta Ray ‘flew’ in from the blue, her grace and beauty made me cry!
Of all the colors, blue is the most liked by both men and women. It is no surprise then, that many artists—Louise Bourgeois, Yves Klein, and Wassily Kandinsky among them—have expressed a preference for it. According to psychologists, the popularity of the hue may take root in our evolutionary development. In the hunting-and-gathering days, those drawn to positive things—like, say, clear skies and clean water—were more likely to survive, and, over time, this preference for the color blue may have become hard-wired.
Yet, scientifically speaking, the sky and the oceans aren’t really blue—or at least not in the same way the soil is brown or leaves are green. This posed a big problem for most of art history. You can’t take the blue of the sky, grind it up with a mortar and pestle, then throw it on a canvas. Unlike certain reds, browns, and yellows, blue pigment isn’t quite as easily made.
Excited to have teamed up with the award winning Scandinavian interiors company, Feathr. My artwork Layered with Love has been made into wallpaper and is available exclusively from Feathr.
I always want my art to transform spaces so its exciting to see my art as surface design, I may even go art on art and cover my studio walls with it!
Where Wrens and Hawks Soar has been delivered to a "delighted client" and that makes me happy. Art is so personal to both the artist and the viewer. When I create - there is just me and the paint working together in a zone of creativity. When the painting is complete, it takes on a new life for someone else so it is important to me that it enhances the space they live in.
On sunny days like today, I often ponder some more about the nature of colour and the relationship with light. It is said that the Impressionists were actually realists, as they believed that truth came from light. I’m not exactly sure how this belief would have informed their everyday practice but I do know that they were believed to have been the first artists to mix colour right on the canvas as opposed to using palettes for mixing.
When I am truly in the ‘moments’ of creativity and painting, I mix colour by instinct and on the canvas so it is comforting to know that not keeping strict records of the colour ratios for each piece is a practice I share with the Impressionists! The colour wheel is something I have hanging in my studio but it is not something that I refer to. Why not? For me, it is too precise and scientific and therefore can constrain rather than open up possibilities.
There are many fascinating theories about colour and mood, spectrums and science, reflection and absorption but perhaps the thing that fascinates me most of all is our varied perception of light and colour. How could I ever experience how you experience blue? Can we even imagine a new colour made up of colours beyond our perceived spectrum?
It is tricky for us to know if you and I see or experience the same blue because each of us has a unique way of seeing the world based on biology and how we have decided to ‘log’ purple, violet or aubergine! To me, this is yet another reason why visual art is so exciting – the experience of any piece will always be unique, even to the same ‘viewer’ under different light conditions and from one day to another. So…. there are first impressions, second impressions and if we are lucky there are also lasting impressions.