“Healing Colours and Other Stories”
To let the eye stray over a palette, splashed with many colours,
produces a dual result. In the first place one receives a purely
physical impression, one of pleasure and contentment at the
varied and beautiful colours. The eye is either warmed or else
soothed and cooled. But these physical sensations can only be of
short duration. They are merely superficial and leave no lasting
impression, for the soul is unaffected. But although the effect
of the colours is forgotten when the eye is turned away, the
superficial impression of varied colour may be the starting point
of a whole chain of related sensations.
[…] To a more sensitive soul the effect of colours is deeper and
intensely moving. [The Colours] produce a
corresponding spiritual vibration, and it is only as a step
towards this spiritual vibration that the elementary physical
impression is of importance.
Generally speaking, colour is a power which directly
influences the soul. Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the
hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is
the hand which plays, touching one key or another, to cause
vibrations in the soul.
Wassily Kandinsky, “The Psychological Working of Colour”, from: Concerning the Spiritual in Art.<br />
“Healing Colours” are the protagonists of these many stories which each painting represents.
As ever, they are all abstract as for me Abstract Art is an invitation to play with the mirror which reflects not the reality outside oneself, but the reality inside oneself. In front of an abstract piece of Art one has nothing to rely upon or to hold onto, and as Kandinsky said, “[it is] the ultimate possible answer to the challenge of representing the un-representable”
For the first time I have used small canvasses as opposed to my natural inclination towards almost gigantic paintings and this is because I really wanted the colours and textures to be condensed, as immediate as possible in their presentation to the viewer, rather like a succession of short stories and not a novel.
All the canvases measure 16 inches by 16 and have been made using a mixed-triple technique of acrylics, crayons and water colours.
The canvases don’t have titles, just a numerical progression faithful to the order in which they were completed, the idea behind it is to invite the viewers into play, to have fun, to mix and match, to have contrasting or blending tones, to choose their own healing colours and make their own selection into a sequence to create their own story.