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Abundance is a large sized contemporary artwork created with a large number of different coloured enamel paints. The technique for creating it is a little unorthodox as it sees me pouring very thinned out paint, in small quantities onto a pre-base coated canvas and then essentially attacking it with even more paint thinners!
Okay, so it’s a little more involved that that but you will be pleased to know that the whole session wash captured and you can watch it all being done in the video below. I absolutely love this. I mean, I like everything I do but this, well, really ticks my boxes. I reckon, as far as abstraction goes, this is pretty much as out there as it gets.
But that doesn’t mean it’s difficult to live with though – far from it in fact. The combination of vibrant primary colours and the calming and reassuring nature of the metallic gold make for a wonderful combination. And it’s this theme of gold that’s the common narrative for the whole painting.
The importance of white
There is quite the most astonishing depth to this painting and that in part is down to the use of the white lines. As yo will see in the video I added these quite late on and that was a deliberate ploy.
The idea is to use the heavier weight of the white (yes, all my paints have different weights to them due to the pigment) to sink under the other colours and form barriers and dams to prevent flow in certain areas. This is not planned of course and I have to let nature take its course eventually.
But what that does is make the rest of the paint session exciting as the paints begin to settle and their flow rates diminish. As the paint calms sown you get to see what’s happening to the colours after the impact of adding the white.
As the white is also a semi-gloss version of my enamel paint it is a lot thicker so it tends to keep its shape as it’s applied. This is a critical tactic in defining areas and boundaries. That principle has worked brilliantly on Abundance, resulting in some spectacular areas and definitions.
The finished piece
The colours are pretty awesome too. There is a representation from all corners of the colour spectrum here and although it’s easy to get all ‘rainbow’ in a painting and hope for the best, it’s also a very precarious line between success and failure when you essentially throw them on a canvas at more or less the same time.
What results from all of this frenzied activity though is a sensational abstract that has thousands of tiny details, shimmers int he light thanks to its gold and will keep revealing itself for years. Pop this in a hallway and you have your focal point. Hang it in a dining room and you have your conversation starter.