Artwork of the month “Pink and yellow melt”

Running a bit late this month with my regular “Artwork of the month” post. Lots of things happening that needed attending to.

But here it is…on the last day!…I’ll discuss my work “Pink and yellow melt”, which at the moment is part of an exhibition “Revolve” in Adelaide.

Pink and yellow

Pink and yellow melt 70cm x 90 cm $695

This painting was created by an inner need to express the idea of pink adjacent to yellow, and I had quite a struggle in it’s making.

The external appearance of simplicity is not the truth with this work…many layers of paint have been involved in its creation. Within the larger areas of colour there are more subtle tones of similar colour, which can only be seen on closer inspection.

My initial concept was to place two large long areas of yellow and pink against each other, and to maintain their individual vibrancy. I needed the two colours to be delineated yet not in too strict a fashion. To achieve this I used a darker contrasting blue-green hue, and allowed it to run down the side of the pink…this line was too strong so a lot of it was painted out, and this was satisfactory. Originally the pink and yellow both extended to the top border, but I felt this to be overwhelming, so I cut out the top sections with the lighter blue.

I encouraged a lot of runs and dribbles, and although this appears spontaneous, each has been carefully considered to create balance. The dribbling lines act as a kind of patterning, and beneath this the viewer can observe underlying layers. The manner in which these layers are placed invites the question of subject/background, revealed/concealed, and the runs act as points of interest to lead the eye around the painting.

Using large flat brushes to achieve bigger areas of colour I had to remain conscious of the strength of the reddish pink and stop it from shouting. I wanted to maintain the vibrant energy of the work, but made use of quieter pastel colours and white to find a balance.

The overall colour scheme could possibly be described as “feminine” but the method of paint application keeps it from becoming too sweet. The mood created is one of joy and happiness with the world, and hopefully the viewer can experience this while observing the piece.

Time wise, this work took a couple of weeks solid work to complete, and I was really satisfied with the result. I felt I had resolved all problems that were presented both in the concept and in within the painting process.

5 recent artworks for the REVOLVE show at RED Opus ART SPace

Here’s the new pieces for the REVOLVE show at RED OPUS ART SPACE, opening 31 August….must say I’m loving them and can finally admit “I’m a colourist”…..the colour queen in fact!

New group show at Red Opus

Five of my most recent and vibrant works are part of “Revolve”, a new show opening at Red Opus Art Space, Adelaide, South Australia, on the 31 August. If you’re in Norwood next Sunday afternoon, go in for a look. I’m exhibiting with 4 other artists, and the flyer is here so you can see the details….really beautiful.

 

Revolve show

“REVOLVE”

REVOLVE        RED OPUS ART SPACE

Susan Lhamo, William Johns, Trish Lambi, Jorge, Cat Leonard

August 31-September 21  Opening Sunday 31 August, 3pm-5pm 

35 Kensington Road, Norwood, SA 5067