Hiding in the coral reef

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Watercolour, gouache, graphite and gold powders.

h: 43 w: 43 d: 3 (cms).

I like exploring the juxtaposition of transparent colours and opaque colours within my non objective abstract work.  "Hiding in the Coral Reef” was completed as part of a series exploring the possibilities of layering watercolour in a playful way while pushing the design and values to their extremes. The heavy 200lb, 425gsm Saunders Waterford NOT paper allows me to work with  multi-layered watercolour and mixed media in a vigorous way adding and taking away paint where necessary.

Graphite sticks and pencils were used to make marks in the initial layers. These marks are both obscured under the washes of colour and revealed clearly in masked areas creating visual depth and interest. 

The colours are derived from my en plein air landscape sketches. The burnt oranges and deep muted reds of sun dried grassland, and the cool turquoise, reminiscent of the sea where I live.  The heightened colours also give us a hint of more exotic places such as the coral reefs.

A range of mark making tools were used to create this piece beyond the conventional brushes including  pipettes and sticks to give a diverse range of marks.  The use of a grid format helps me to bring order to my riotous marks.

Whites were preserved  with tapes, and found within the marks, or regained with the use of white gouache. This helps to create unexpected nuances which are designed to invite the viewer to look closer and question what they are seeing.

A final layer of gold gouache powder was added to set the piece off as a decorative treat.

£370
£350 (Unframed)

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At the waters edge

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Watercolour,gouache, graphite and gold powders.

h: 43 w: 43 d: 3 (cms).

 "At the Water’s Edge” was completed as part of a series exploring the possibilities of layering watercolour in a playful way while pushing the design and values to their extremes. The heavy 200lb, 425gsm Saunders Waterford NOT paper allows me to work with  multi-layered watercolour and mixed media in a vigorous way adding and taking away paint where necessary.

Graphite sticks and pencils were used to make marks in the initial layers. These marks are both obscured under the washes of colour and revealed clearly in masked areas creating visual depth and interest. 

The colours are derived from my en plein air landscape sketches. The burnt oranges and deep muted reds of sun dried grassland, and the cool turquoise, reminiscent of the sea where I live.  

A range of mark making tools were used to create this piece beyond the conventional brushes including  pipettes and sticks to give a diverse range of marks.  The use of a grid format helps me to bring order to my riotous marks. Many of the marks are derived from my en plein air sketching and are reminiscent of water, grasses, staves of the beach, shells  and lobster pots.

Whites were preserved  with tapes, and found within the marks, or regained with the use of white gouache. The paint and mark making are multi-layered to create nuances which are designed to invite the viewer to look closer.

A final layer of gold gouache powder was added to set the piece off as a decorative treat.

£370
£350 (Unframed)

Please Note: If you are overseas and interested in a purchase, please note that there will be additional costs for postage and packaging added to this price. Feel free to enquire about this using the button below.

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