For some time I have been attracted by velvet as a surface for my paintings. I use this beautiful surface and colours to create a juxtaposition between the lush velvet, the light it attracts and the mat or gloss of the acrylic paint which is sometimes applied traditionally with a brush and sometimes used impasto to create more texture and depth.
This painting, 'Lapis' is a medium size at H 60 x W 45 cm 24 x 18 inch on a professional deep edge canvas (4.5)
The painting catches different lighting in it's surface and plays with the eye as the depths seem to shift and blur. It was inspired by Delphi, the famous historical site of the Delphic Oracle in Greece on a much warmer day than now!
The gorgeous ultramarine velvet and thickly applied gold's play with each other to create a bright painting with hidden depths at a perfect size. I wanted an antique look and feel to the work to invoke that feeling of antiquity and richness. The colours are a homage both to Greece and to Apollo, the Golden Sun god and protector of Delphi. This small painting carries a lot of weight!
The work is signed on the back in the following way:
Text: Sand Laurenson MA(RA