Painting the Blues.
What does this mean, a state of mind and colour, but why blue? Blue can evoke a range of deep emotions, and for some cultures the colour has religious connotations.
Listening to music I draw and paint and like to get lost in songs particularly those of John Mayer, an American Blues singer and guitarist. One of his songs Wild Blue initially set me off on these paintings. Indigo is one of my favourite colours which can be dark and elusive but when diluted can be an ethereal delicate blue.
Here are some paintings and watercolour sketches which particularly feature the sea and the sky and my emotional responses.
Following on from previous work, I am exploring paintings of moonlit scenes. I like the sense of mystery with this night-time light. There is a stillness about night too, as everyday life sleeps and familiar landmarks disappear in dark shadows.
This brings me on to paintings featuring shadows in daylight. The sun shines our shadow is cast, a version of ourselves usually only seen in sunlit conditions and the length of our shadows varies with the trajectory of the sun. There is a pathos about shadows too. Often elongated and strangely shaped they don’t really reflect how we look but whenever we move so do they.
I am looking at shadows in the landscape and in human form in these paintings, more to follow…