How to Paint

Recently I have been reading Victoria Finlay's book Color, a Natural History of the Palette. It came as a gift and has been giving ever since. The author travels the world exploring colour and the myths and legends that make up that history. She writes in a way that is both informative and entertaining.

The history she cites ranges from the prehistoric to the present and documents personal and national fortunes won and lost. She notes the colour black, which seems to be my colour of choice these days, was possibly the first colour used to render ideas.  I was interested to hear that black can be both strong and mysterious. One colour being two things, so interesting. And no small wonder why artists colour choices can be so loaded and emotionally powerful.

The puzzle surrounding painting which at one time can be so simple and so complex draws me in with ancient materials, invention and discovery.