A selection of colour studies: painting out of the experience of colour. They ask the questions: What is a colour’s mood, its gesture? How does it move and what forms does it want to take? And what effect does it have on me, the painter? On the space, on the viewer?
The colour study is the foundation of my work, an ongoing research process that keeps my practice fresh and creative as my technique changes from year to year. I usually use watercolour for colour studies. Its my preferred medium. I use a technique of layering or veiling: many fine semi-transparent layers of coloured water to create the overall mood, then finish with more defined form for structure and composition. Each layer must, of course, be dry before the next is added. Usually no larger than 55cm x 40cm due to paper size restrictions.
A special research project concerning the effect of black on pure colour is represented here in several studies. Black’s mineralizing and structuring effect on the saturated surfaces of pure colour is explored in the context of two-colour chords.