Of all the work I looked at last week one of the most vivid was this one, by Annya Kai:
I love the blue and greens, the sharp, clearly defined shapes and the less defined background. I’m not even close to being able to paint a picture like that but it is inspiring. I just think it’s beautiful. (Also, and this is slightly an autistic thing I think, she uses a shape I have loved for years – it’s like a slightly wonky teardrop shape. These shapes have been fundamental to some of the abstract acylic work I’ve done in the past. In fact the only shape I love more is a perfect sphere. Obviously here she is using the shape as an artistic interpretation of a peakcock feather, and it really works, but I love it for the shape alone.
So, I thought intially I would try to paint something based on the teardrop shape using some blues and greens.
These were my initial sketches – just playing around with shapes and, later, patterns:
Anyway, once I got this far I started to think of the teardrop shape as a fish and thought I would try it out in a drawing:
It’s come a long way from Annya’s inpirational Peacock painting but I am happy with it so far. Tomorrow I’m going to attempt to give it a watercolour wash. I really hope I don’t mess it up.
(All Images unless otherwise explicitly stated are © Jo Fox, 2015)