Sometimes it is 'back to basics with colour 'and I am devoting the next few months to investigate try out new ways with a variety of colour palettes. I have been mixing pigments now for 20 years and I love creating colour, it still amazes me how colour can surprise, defeat and win out.
Most people when they have any dealings with colour are usually painting a wall or choosing a largish single coloured object such as a car. Other choices for colours would be clothes. Lately I have been wondering why there is such a limited range of colour on offer? Is this is deliberate or is there simply no capacity to have multiple colour on offer? Would it make it too complicated for choosing, why is there so little choice? Imagine a world in techno coloured neon oranges and pinks, purples and blues. Yet colour has a significant effect on us all, we all feel cheery when the sky is bluer than a UK grey.
Painting is primarily all to do with colour and I am still learning, in fact I feel like I am in the nursery stage when I see fabulous paintings by Titian. When I am mixing colour I get the feel of it, think I understand and then am plonked right back at the beginning. One of the most memorable things I learnt was that most people have a poor 'colour memory', so trying to pin point an exact colour from memory can be tricky, not impossible though. I think that Cezanne probably had a hold on this.
So for me diving straight in to colour I am very excited about my next course as a student this time, which takes place in the summer. I hope to focus on colour for its own sake but also to get it to work for me. Whats exciting about that is new things will certainly emerge and that for a painter is pure joy.