|Pink flamingoes and green lizards|
|and red passion fruit flowers|
The tropics, is a constant source of abundance, here everything grows, and is bigger, greener, more vivid in color, until it kind of takes over your field of vision....
this for me, is so much more noticeable now, that I am back in much more restrained in color scale Spain...... "restrained in color scale", I hear you ask, which part of Spain is that????
Andalucia, by dint of being under the sun the whole time, has the full palette of ochres, siennas, yellows, whites in all it's shades, muted to midnight blues from dusk through the night, with splashes of color, a glint of hibiscus, the swirl of a dress, ruby red wines and bright green peppers, but it is all enhanced, meted out to you in portions that makes them so much more palatable.
As you might have noticed, personal opinion rules, but my eyes, get so full, I can't see the forest for all the trees in the tropics, I can't sort through all the shades of over greens..... so heading back to Spain, full of good Asian food (another chapter) is a relief......
As an artist, does the place you live, reflect the colors you prefer, or is it the other way around?
Is that why I feel so at home in some places and not in others, because the visuals feel natural to my inner color scale, could this be why, now that I am back, in Southern Spain, in my own studio, a place that has such a strong connection to me, I am having to "clean out" all my cupboards artistically?
Getting rid of all those colors that were very nearly "forced" on me, is proving to be a tiresome process, not boring, oh no, but it is hard work, it is like finding your way back to something you have only seen glimpses of the last couple of years.
I am, for the almost first time, doing prints in one color, and they are of course, to a full color artist like me, entirely new, and work for me in a different way. So all of a sudden, relieved of the color, I see images differently in my head, my own inner visual language is being updated, and it feels like wonderful progress is being made..... I know, that flying in to Malaga airport my eyes will take in the landscape, drinking it all up and storing it for future use.