One of my favourite vases caught my eye today. Its deep indigo, ultramarine, cobalt teal, yellow green seemed to call out to me to look, to pay attention. The vase had been tucked away behind many of my art supplies for a number of months, but today I saw it with new eyes.
As I was cleaning it off and admiring it once again, the similarity suddenly struck me between the colours of the vase and the colours I’d just been using in the previous post! (Banish Boring Brushstrokes.)
You can see the deep indigo, cobalt teal, yellow greens in Excitement in Brushstroke Acrylics. I found this discovery quite interesting, thinking of possibilities for a related theme in a new art series based primarily on this palette.
I can sink into the depth of the indigo, its velvety quality hints of what lies beneath. The gorgeous diagonal upswinging slashes of cobalt teal and ultramarine add mood and temperature. Whereas the white and the droplets of yellow green create a buoyancy and lift that prevents the piece from being too dark.
The Indigo Vase Abstract is a actually a photographic image, I have not used oils or acrylics to create it. I did alter the tones and contrast just enough to allow for a bold and clear, tonal value range of light, mid and dark tones.
The abstract pattern of this vase resonates within me. I enjoy the simplicity and serenity I find within the image.
As in Wabi Sabi, something old and perhaps ordinary can be revisited, seen with new eyes and a thing of beauty emerges.