It has remained a pertinent exercise for young fine art students to study one colour at a time, and in depth. As a young foundation student, I initially studied the colour blue in monochrome exercises, alongside all the other students of my year. Thereafter, I studied green and white, followed by black and magenta, all of which were my choice. Art tutors in some colleges are inclined to place narrative interpretations upon the relationship of various colours, alongside the theory of practical colour mixing.
Today, with reference to my previous post, one question has arrived eight times in my inbox. Paraphrasing, this is the question:
What colours are the easiest to paint onto a black ground?
The least problematic colours to paint upon a black ground are at the blue end of the spectrum. Such colours have a capacity for both shades and tints without loosing their hue in either light or shade. Red for example, looses its saturation in tints, becoming pink. Yellow, for example, can become grubby when we shade it and place it over a black ground. All these issues are overcome with experience, but when new to colour mixing, it can be a worthwhile process to be simplistic at the outset.
But what of coloured images on a black background as a general idea?
Some artists are delighted by the drama, others recoil from it, demeaning it as kitsch.
Are coloured flowers upon a black background redolent of a 1950s chocolate box?
You decide what is best for you, because its a taste issue.
Personally, I enjoy looking at colour on a black ground in other artist's work, even though I am more of a tonal painter myself. The use of a black 'background' in a painting with coloured subject matter upon it, will always be something that will be there as an exercise to train the painting student.
For everyone who has asked about the Night Time Series of Paintings that I began in 1984, these have been removed from my blog and are archived. However, there will be more night time paintings being shown on my website next year. These paintings are quite disturbing to view. The sense of this is reflected in my work. Working outside in the dark has to be managed very carefully. I do not and never will recommend that anyone go out painting at night.
There are some intuitive writings from 2015 on the home page of my Drawings Website that describe my experience of Time and Timelessness. Also there are some some new original screen prints which sold out very fast this month.
If you you would like to access any particular past blog post of previous years, you are welcome write to me via either of my websites and request a download.
Here is a preview of one of last year's night time paintings, that was completed this year.
Before the Dawn, the Cat's Back Ridge, Herefordshire
Oil on Real Chalk Gesso
Coral G Guest