Jennifer Letchet Paintings

My work explores fundamental elements of painting, the relationship between colour and line. I intend my paintings to affect the viewer optically with the illusion of shapes moving and receding. Colour theory is very important to my work. I use specific hues to symbolise ideas or emotions. The contained shapes on canvases seem more like objects than lines. My recent work explores natural and man-made disasters and the impact this has on our environment. I want to record the changing landscape through simplified shapes and colours.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Colour Swatches

I make my own paint swatches to work out colour combinations and to find the place where colours 'click', i.e. when one colour meets its complementary.  I mix my own oil hues with damar varnish and linseed oil, which makes the colours more glossy and therefore they reflect light.  I mark my swatches with the ratios of hue to hue in order to find a colour again.  I use this process when planning a new painting.

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