23 Jan Indian Hues and Values
A while ago I travelled around Rajasthan in northern India. My journey took in walking through cities, riding in deserts, seeing magnificent old buildings, viewing wildlife, and most importantly meeting Indians.
My overwhelming sensations and memories of that beautiful and enchanting area of India are of the warmth and kindness of the people, and of their deep belief in what is important and enduring in life.
The buildings, fabrics and food reflect this passion for life in their colours. A glimpse of colourful saris half-seen through an ancient doorway, a painted wall faded and peeling by the effects of weather and time yet alive with intense colour, a display of fruits and spices in bowls overflowing with saffrons and limes and reds.
To me it was an absolute feast for my soul as well as for my senses.
I have begun to express this in my new work.
As a contemporary abstract artist my inspiration comes from experiences such as this: lived and distilled and expressed in paint.