22 July 2021

When Prussian Blue meets Pink

 


                                                                              FIM
Evening Prayer Brunswick heads, 18 July, 2021, oil on canvas board, 30 X 25 cm

                                                                              LDB

Evening Prayer Brunswick heads, 18 July, 2021, oil on canvas board, 30 X 25 cm

LEO

Evening Prayer Brunswick heads, 18 July, 2021, oil on canvas board, 30 X 25 cm

These three studies reveal the successive changes a few days ago. I arrived to find a bright silver yellow sea beneath a blossoming pink and yellow sky, and indeed, the smooth silky sea looked like I could have skated over it. The beach was "crowded" which means, maybe but 300 people spread up and down for as far as one can see here. Most of them were hippies who spilled out from the drumming circle back up on the lawns behind the beach. Each Sunday afternoon is their moment of glory. In the summer months it is nearly impossible to park on a Sunday which upsets many locals. I take it in stride, they are hippies! And they celebrate their youth, why begrudge them?

The top painting came quickly, without hesitation, which always makes me happy because it means that I have switched on immediately and no longer worry about where my mind is going. The orange and violet band looked like it was on fire. 

The second one reveals the quick transition of dusk as the sea began to gently warm up and the band grows cooler into an intense blue violet. The sky begins to meld quietly as the blue violet seems to crawl up into a pink layer. Colours and shapes move quickly, but in a weird sort of way, they also move at a snail's pace like the planet.  

The third painting is a curious one because I wanted to shake things up a little by just using washes. The evening sea at this point had turned a muddy orange, the sky has been invaded by a rising band of pale Prussian Blue like the curtain at the end of a play, but instead of going down, it rises into the night.

It is a tricky thing at this time in the evening. I have yet to figure it out, even after all this time. It needs a spacial, graphic solution, but I cannot seem to get it right. 


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