Edge

Now I enter what Ingres called the ” probity” of art. Having suggested to a friend that they treat edges with more consideration i did a little drawing. Of a mandarin.

The outline silhouette is a beginning. Then we consider the difference between surfaces that turn away rapidly or slowly. Do we render this by blurring the slow and sharpening the rapid? Or do we darken the sharp and lighten the gentle? The temptation is to do both,but if you use a tonal signifier this will invariably run counter to any rendering of light. Continue reading Edge

The Black paintings

Darkness as wrapping
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Black is the dark energy from which the universe is spawned.

It is the source of light and colour.image

It reveals as much as it conceals

Like an empty stage, black is portent, potent and pregnant, but paused in anticipation. Black is. silent.

imageWarm and inviting or threatening to freeze like its close relative, Chaos,

Black can swallow substance like a fog,devouring shape and masking the weight of dreams.Yet it  sharpens the battle axe edge with Bintent,given form to follow.

Given subtlety, black takes on the character of its mixturesnjxs

It mutates into grey.

I The ancient ones knew  all colours came from black and white.  Our age was spawned by  Newtons prisms.For over 150 years we have been afraid of black.

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“Never use black” intoned as incantation by generations.You have heard it yourself. Maybe said it yourself.This ought to be described as a clinically diagnosable medical condition and mandatorily notifiable contagious aesthetic position.

 

Certainly the so called impressionist painters had no qualms about using black. They didn’t let  theory spoil a good picture .And there are many.  Gray pictures ,using blacks and completed in the studio.

I have learned from the atelier to mix even my lights with black

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I sing in praise of black.

A blank wall and a burnt stick.

 

Brian E Deagon 2015