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Colour beyond vision

March 14, 2014

Purple apple

Purple apple,   oil on canvas board

This is the painting started in February. It features a beautiful CD cupboard Rende made. Plus, to the left,  the arm of a couch he made for us a long time ago.

The challenge for me in this painting was to keep the spirit of the first inspiration. There are some unresolved areas in it still, but in all the painters I admire, this is true. If you try to get everything too ‘finished’, or ‘right’, the life goes right out of it. It is a balance of honouring the first moment of vision, and working on it to enhance that rather than take it over with what the mind thinks it should be. That is why there is a magical element in creating. It is a letting go so that something unexpected and uncontrolled may enter, just as much as a skilful manipulation of technique.

No way was I going to lose that cocky little purple apple. The other fruits gained more conventional colouring, but I left this as a reminder of the worlds of colour just beyond vision. And that a painting can be anything you want it to be.

Here are the first stages of this painting:

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2 Responses to “Colour beyond vision”

  1. decorartuk Says:

    Sarah, it’s shimmering! I think you’ve caught the actual sun rays, which is amazing. It’s a very warm painting, soft and “pastely” (if you don’t mind me inventing a new word). I think it’s a lot different to your previous ones. Yes, this one is all about the light! I can almost feel how warm this room is. K.


  2. Thanks K, I love the word shimmering applied to this painting. It was a lot of fun to work on. And I agree with you, it is soft and pastelly.


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