This purple painting…
… is complimented by a rich array of supporting colours. A deep, dense black soon gives way into a few subtle grey tones which then makes its way in to a gorgeous Royal purple colour that’s got just the right top notes of blue added to it.
At that point you see the warmer purple tones that have been carefully chosen to sit in the centre of the painting – creating a warm heart to the piece. Then the crescendo of silver and gold comes crashing into the party as it cuts its way through the soft blends. The whole composition is topped off with a blended white and cream wedge.
There’s an inherent danger in overdoing an abstract artwork. Too much and it becomes unbalanced and difficult to look at; too little effort and the painting shrinks back in to its own shell.
So, in my world, I am always looking for that sweet spot where you get just enough of what you want but not too much of what you don’t. The two forces have to be in balance with one another.
So that’s why I have firstly opted for a couple of very subtle focal points. These are the dab of bright pink and the splodge of Royal purple. They are the bits you’ll probably see first, then not notice, then come back to as your eye finishes the initial scan.
These help break up the obvious ‘banding’ of the painting and give the darker areas a little more verve. It’s just enough but not too much. If the pink bit was any larger you’d probably not notice how awesome the metallic silver and gold was.