Colours and shapes
Tidal Flux is a small sized original painting created with enamel paints. It contains some beautiful colours including orange, raspberry red, teal, turquoise, melon yellow and purple.
For a small painting this really packs a punch and features a stunning array of shapes and details. The first thing that hits me is the shape of the paint – it’s like it was moved around like iron filings are with a magnet – creating these areas of magnetic force (flux). Around these four main points there are some incredible paint flows that circumnavigate these wave patterns.
And then, before you can blink there’s a complete turnaround in colour as you encounter another opposing tone. This is a familiar story right across the canvas and is repeated everywhere. I think it’s what makes this so engaging – that you are never far away from an unexpected U-turn.
You really do have to get in close to appreciate the nuances at work here. Whether that be tiny angelic fronds or cells that appear then disappear, you’re never far away from something you didn’t see coming. And that surprises me given that this is around 40% the size of one of my more typically larger works of art.
I used a pouring technique that seems to work very well with my enamel paints. The paint was poured from a couple of special 3D printed jugs that have individual compartments in them. A single colour is poured into each division then all four are applied to the canvas before it’s moved up and down and side to side to get the paint to flow freely across the surface of the canvas.
The result is an original painting that is unlike anything i have done before. A new application method, new tools and all done on a pre-stretched canvas (something I almost never use!). So I like that this is a departure for me and that it stands on its own merit on this paragraph alone.
Fortunately though it’s also a beautiful thing to look at. So if you like swirls and magnetism, big colours and outrageous details then I reckon this could be just right for you.