Black on Black, Colour Experiment

Black on Black

Good morning everyone. This acrylic painting is painted on a smallish black box canvas that I have had for ages. Frankly, I had no idea what to paint on it, but they were all the rage at the time. Anyway, I decided to have a go, just after trimming this year’s Christmas tree.

And so, as you can see, the colours red, gold and white were on my mind! Well, I put down some shapes intuitively, with the idea that the canvas would stand as the background. My daughter-in-law thought it looked quite festive! However, I hated the effect of unpainted canvas. So, I carried on my usual method of shaping the composition by layering paint. Of course, this included painting over the untouched background. Hence the title.

A close up

Incidentally, I also discovered, or perhaps consciously realised that I prefer colour to be nuanced and subtle. Rather than flat with only one tone, like the black canvas. Sorry about the glare, it’s quite difficult to photograph these colours.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my intuitive abstract – there are loads more on my Abstracts page.

The In Situ Photo

By the way, this is the room I designed the painting for!

11 Replies to “Black on Black, Colour Experiment”

  1. Marvelous glow and composition, Margaret! I like to do the same usually, paint over unpainted canvas, to the point that, even if I know or pretty sure I’ll have gaps of paint over the white canvas, I’ll lay a coat of white over the white gesso, lol! Tweeted! 😊

    1. Thank you so much, Felipe! I wasn’t sure about posting this – it was so hard to get a decent image. The black tried to take over! Thank you for the tweet!

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