Using different paints
This is a large modern art painting created with a slightly more unusual version of my enamel paints.
I have a non-toxic variant that i normally use for public demonstrations and that’s the type of paint I have used on Ten Degrees North. In fact I used them deliberately because I had the BBC down at my studio doing some filming for a project I cannot reveal and they needed to be in my paint pod without breathing masks – so I opted to use this version of my paints just for them.
Lights, camera, action!
I only really used the canvas to demonstrate some techniques for the sake of the cameras but it soon transpired that this was going to turn in to something rather wonderful.
After the crew did their filming and left I returned back to the paint pod and continued to explore the directions I had taken thus far. I completed the painting in just one session (highly unusual) and I can remember looking at my watch and realizing it was 3am – a full six hours after the BBC had left.
It’s funny how time can evaporate when you’re so far in to something like this. I don’t have any memory of painting it either. That must be a sign of how immersed I became in my craft.
Colours and shapes
So what we’ve ended up with here is a very light and uplifting painting full of space and freedom. The backbone is that beautiful black curve that moves up the left hand side. It’s the anchor point from which everything else attaches to.
Woven around this is blue and red (primarily) with accents of bright orange, pink, silver turquoise and purple. It is perhaps the blue and orange paint applications I find the most compelling but that’s an entirely personal thing.
There rare so many different techniques in this painting – things like dragging, sponging, drops, flicks and splats. It has helped to shape the textures in the composition – some of which I have tried to show in the photos. Of particular note is the silver; I added some chemicals to form a cell structure to parts of it – looks amazing!
Hanging and locating
If you need light this is an absolute winner. If you have a large feature wall then this ticks the box. Consider it a warm and friendly leap into individuality that doesn’t take a college degree to work out and won’t smack you in the face each time you walk past it.
It’s very well behaved, full of light and space and if you can’t bask in it’s sunny disposition then it’s not for you. That’s okay; it’s the way of things.
If, however, you feel the ocean lapping at your feet or the touch of a light breeze upon your face (or you just love the shapes and colours) then as long as you’ve got somewhere to hang it you need to give me a call.
Lighting and natural light are almost a secondary consideration here – it’s so airy and carefree that you really don’t need to think twice about choosing the right space. It’s that easy to live with! And if you’re still undecided then let me help you by suggesting ten reasons why you should get your next abstract art work from me. End of sermon.
- Canvas: Polyester 320gsm
- Preparation: One coat of primer
- Paints: Enamel paint (9 colours) made to my own recipe
- Frame: 44mm Museum graded floating frame with 8 tensioning corner wedges.
- Hand-stretched and stapled on the reverse