It all starts with colour
Electroglide is a large sized abstract painted created with a pink and purple palette of colour. It also features metallic gold, white, black and a lot of raspberry red! In fact red is quite a theme running through the painting and one that reminds me of cherry blossoms in Spring.
The colour choices in most abstract paintings will determine how you feel about it right from the start. It may be the shapes that attract you but the colours will always pull out an emotional response without you even asking for it. it’s the reason we like certain colours and dislike others – the subconscious reaction is developed over a lifetime and is as personal to each of us as our fingerprints.
Deciding of you like a colour combination really is as easy as that and shouldn’t take any explaining. So with this new painting that reaction will no doubt be present and in my experience as an artist it’s the red and pink tones that tend to cause the strongest emotions.
Forms and details
With the colour taken care of it’s time to look at the forms that are present and how they move and interact with each other both in part and in whole.
To me, the thing I see before anything else is the huge white mass that dominates the centre. It feels like the birth of a galaxy or some tint molecular fusion. Peppered within this is a cacophony of gold lines that pierce the centre at every point – adding a dash of lightning as the light catches it.
This is further enhanced by introducing the colours from the background back into the centre. It’s a neat trick for establishing depth and helps to keep all the layers present and accounted for. I am glad I did this because the colour selection for the background layer is stupendous! This is the part that really carries the painting for me.
To see how I painted this abstract you can watch the video above, which is taken from one of our weekly live stream broadcasts.