Experiments on paper have been my focus now for about four months in the studio. I love working on paper and these sheets of 76 x 56cm are perfect, not too small or large and I can store them easily which can be a problem sometimes.
The new works on paper stem from an enquiry about getting 'feeling' into paintings through colour. The dance project and drawing figures gives me the movement but I wanted also to give an atmosphere and place for them. When I was at college I would often work on large rolls of paper using paint and charcoal. Drawing on a large scale liberates the hand as you are using the whole arm instead. However, the drawings then didn't have so much colour as the ones I am now doing.
I am discovering some fantastic colours using fluid acrylics and am amazed with how well they flow and combine to give so many interesting effects and provide even more possibilities. Allowing paint to 'work on its own' with guided intervention provides unique "one off" possibilities. The trick is to let go and allow paint to move in water, this is a key feature with watercolours. The result is either successful or not; re-working areas can look too much. Getting this unique, fresh 'full on vibrant colour shot" is particular to each painting and there will be no other quite like it as colours move together in a new way for each painting.
So each piece aims to combine sumptuous colour with drawing. I am now creating mini-worlds of theatres of my imagination, I am now acting as choreographer of my own dance scenes.
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