And now for something completely different.
This is for week 6 of The Art Assignment (Psychological Landscape). The plan was to do something big and dark and busy in oils, but with the elections coming up I just can’t find the time. So I decided to do something I’d never done before, namely put myself in a painting. And while we’re at it, why not use a material I haven’t used before, so watercolours got a look in.
The content, however, is not new, it’s just never made it out of my head before. It’s been in there for years and years, is very personal and complicated.
Ground: I knew I wanted some kind of black cavernous space to the right, but it took me a good long while to settle on how to fill the rest of the white space around the figures. It being a kind of long-standing mental image, I didn’t particularly want much detail, so opted for the fuzzy block colour that I associate with anything in my mind’s eye that isn’t the main action.
Figures: On the right is myself, on the left is Jonathan Miller, one of my favourite artists, and who is very important to me for several reasons I don’t fancy putting on the internet, as the only person I’ve ever shared those with is the man himself. And anyway, spelling it out tends to ruin the fun of a picture.