Sensations from nature provoke an emotional response from a particular motif around which a painting is constructed. Nature is not slavishly copied but the sensations are submitted to the necessity of making a picture in which the compositional elements are brought into unity over the whole surface to achieve stability. Within the stability there are local areas of dissonance to add a dynamic structure to the composition and to attract the gaze as the painting is examined by very rapid eye movements (saccades). Examples are given of a number of paintings by the author comprising two abstracts and four landscapes. Colours are heightened and usually highly saturated, so that they have an intense purity to express the emotions with greatest clarity and may not be imitative. Each colour is put down in relation to all other colours with consideration for their interrelationships and expressiveness. Painting is instinctive but has an underlying theoretical basis relying on the juxtaposition and displacement of complementary colours and of dissonant colour. In order to demonstrate the methodology of painting, two series of ‘progressive’ images are given that show the completion of two additional landscapes in six stages.
complementary, harmony, heightened colour, landscape paintings, Mike Fryer, saccades, stability
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