Whilst painting this piece I looked at pink quartz. These beautiful stones have all different shades of pink and I was interested in how the light comes through the cuts of the stone. I felt that I didn't want just a pretty pink painting, but something that showed off the different shades and shapes of the rock. To do this I decided to use my palette knives as much as possible to make sure the paint went on in blocks, with straight lines and smooth paint to reflect the cut edges. I wanted to use as few layers and detail as possible so I didn't lose the effect of stone. So, I kept stepping back and considering the picture as much as possible. I'm really pleased with this piece of work and think I will do more like this.
This painting is called 'Swell'. I was thinking of the movement of water under waves and a pull upwards when you're underwater. My favourite part is the mixture of grey and dark turquoise in the bottom right hand corner. The biggest challenge when painting this one was trying to keep a balance of detail and large mark making.
I think one of my next paintings will be a mixture of soft greys.