I spent the day installing an entire wall of blue themed paintings at the gallery the other day and it truly was an experience! Sorted through a few older pieces and walked in with 10 new canvases to put up 24 artworks on that wall in total. From moody Prussians, and dark Payne's Greys all the way to Minty-Turquoises and Cool Cobalts, the wall has it all. Here are a few shots that I took during installation. There was something about seeing a constant blue across the entire wall with specks of pink, orange, purple and all other colors as well. Next palette: Neutrals.
I've witnessed a huge shift in palette. It's as if I can't seem to pick out any of the brighter more playful colors. There is an instinctive urge to reach out for moodier tones and I can't seem to put my finger on why that is. So, I've just decided to run with it and it truly is a thrilling experience. I started working on this new abstract (untitled at the moment) and there were just two things I had decided before beginning the process: 1) it was going to be moody 2) there had to be a LOT of movement. I battled it out for a few days when I started to mix tones of Pthalo and Prussian and at the end, it just turned out be relatively monochromatic. My first ever! :D I'm so pumped that I immediately jumped to 2 additional canvases while the first was drying and those are almost done too. Can't wait to share. In the mean time, here's my hero fresh off the easel.
Every painting so far has been a journey of its own. Each with its own struggles, frustrations, ambitions and highs and lows. I can't seem to recollect a single artwork that hasn't put me through complete defeat and misery at some point, and perhaps its these countless battles that push me to create more. A more recent one was this last artwork I was working on. I had just returned from an island vacation - completely refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to work. Started working on a commission and was simultaneously trying to feed my soul with a painting titled 'Freezing Point'. (the title suggests the complete opposite of what I was attempting to bring to the canvas after my holiday). It started off as a diptych inspired by the seascapes and horizon I witnessed for 2 whole weeks but somewhere down the line, both canvases began to separate themselves from each other. No matter how hard I tried to keep them tied, they wouldn't listen or respond. This was the very first time that a diptych didn't work for me.
While one of the canvases was turning out to be a vibrant piece filled with joy, the other was sleepy, tired and boring. Murky colors and the lack of movement frustrated me until I decided to separate them. If I were to be completely honest, I did end up releasing a lot of the frustration on the painting during this fight but it ended up being something that stunned me at the end. I think what I took away from this month long journey was the lesson of flexibility. Many of us want our artworks to turn out a certain way. We follow our vision while learning from our journey to achieve it. The things we learn, however, don't always have to be technical. Here is Freezing Point along with an 'in situ' image.