Re: A Dance for Ten Colours
I use very light and quite horizontal strokes in all directions. Also in the final layers (after a lot of time) I keep this light touch, no burnishing or something else. There is always a moment after a lot of layers that you see a colour is 'suddenly' getting much more saturated. That's nice, and then I simply continue, going for again such a moment. No hurry is important to me and to the result, I guess. I like to keep a very little of the paper shining through though, to keep it all together, say, to let it 'breathe'.
These ten colours were all done out of three different colours. They are not single-pencil colours. I feel this gives the colours more variety and depth. Also I needed to do this for there were not the right pencils for the specific colour combination I was looking for. So 'below' there are different and also darker colours; greys, yellow, browns and blues. I have first been for more than a day working separately to create (the recipes for) this combination of colours, trying out all kinds of combinations of pencils. And it also makes a lot of difference which colour is applied first or last (or in between).
The basic idea for the colours in this project was the combination of green and violet, in a couple of shades.
With the help of a few other colours, and also a tight but essentially simple design, I have tried to create a happy marriage between these two generic colours.
Negative shapes indeed. A lot of work in the design stage has been the (finding the right parts for) removal of lots of other shapes out of a much more complicated drawing.
I feel it is a joy to lay down great colours! This was a very pleasurable one to do.