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Anyone who takes a cursory glance at my work will notice that I love colour. For me, as for many artists colour is emotional and powerful. I love the interplay of hues against one another and the reinterpretation of the world through its (sometimes) arbitrary use.

 

More recently, I have been experimenting with limited palette paintings and colour mixing theory. I have a nerdy love of colour theory and I greatly admire those painters who understand colour and have become masters with mixing and using it.

 

Compositionally speaking, a limited palette can allow for more colour harmony throughout the piece thereby becoming more pleasing to the eye (of course this is subjective). The act of painting itself can shift a little as well from being very preoccupied with which colour to squeeze out next and hoping it will match once applied, to harnessing the power of colour  so more attention can be put into the painting itself. So, more flow can be present.

 

There are artists I admire and whos work I adore where they simply squeeze paint direct from the tube and go to town. Who knows if they understand colour theory but they know colour. They have an intuition for it and it shows. I approach some of my paintings this way when the spirit moves and often I like the rebel quality of flipping the bird so to speak to colour theory and paint mixing. But then there are those times where the words of the late Robert Genn speak deep to my inner artist... "Quality is always in style". For me, this has translated into spending more time developing my colour theory know-how and I must say, I'm loving the deeping of this understanding.

 

I will always use bright colours, and most likely a complete reinterpretation of what the subjects' colours are in reality (think the Fauvists), but there's something so enjoyable about mixing semi-neutrals and sophisticated greys alongside their bright compliments. The painting starts to find its harmony and the process itself takes on a new level of enjoyment I never thought possible.

 

The humbling quality that comes with being an artist means I know I'll spend the rest of my life in perpetual studenthood, growing and adapting and learning. Kind of like life.