This series of paintings was inspired by a challenge to limit my colour palette to the four-colour range used by a friend of mine: yellow ochre, black, white and burnt sienna. I tried using them unmixed, and it really wasn’t working for me – so I mixed them to a variety of shades that I found more appealing to work with, and began to have fun… :-) (Of course, the addition of the metallic embellishments was cheating – but I couldn’t resist!)
There is a lot of detail work in this artwork, which took many hours to complete. None of the shapes and faces you may see were deliberately worked: they all manifested spontaneously. I wonder if you can spot the big fish swallowing the little fish which gave the piece its name…?
W&N Artists’ Acrylics and mixed media on canvas, original 35cm x 35cm
Original artwork by Jay Taylor, copyright and all rights reserved
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