Monday, February 20, 2012

Almost Blue

Hey guys,

The Almost Blue show at Phone Booth Gallery is only a week away, here's my progress on the piece and the final image.

Blue is an interesting colour, often associated with the sea or the emotions of the psyche. Particularly of interest were the deeper blues, the lower layers of the mind, where boundaries between the real and the imagined blend. It's also fascinating to note the Blue colour receptors in the eye are situated outside main focal area on the retina and there aren't as many as the Red or Green- they only constitute 2% of the total!

I started out with pencil, once I worked out the linear aspects I started blocking in the background.

But then I started experimenting some cobalt blue pastel mixed with iridescent medium and coloured pencils to find the background, which threw the piece out of balance. 

Had to use a lot of different media in the end to finish it, I ended up using iridescent white mixed with blue pastel to get the glow effects.
 The focus was to create an abstract pattern with the lights/textures over the whole, I'm unfamiliar with the media so it was mostly guesswork though! 

I hope some of you get the chance to see it in person, as the iridescent effects are more visible in person.