The Rocket Print


The Rocket painting was a strange one to create. I have never thought of them before and it was only after I actually finished the painting that I realised what the shape reminded me of. You can see it if you look closer, it's on the right hand side of the painting. Colored purple with an oval window in it. This popular shape is a 20th century creation and communicates to the masses. It's definitely an image that could be used in the composition of a painting from the Pop-Art Movement. It slices through the atmosphere hurtling towards the Earth. You can see tiny shapes that look a little like satellite images of fields and villages.

My paintings are made up of a collection of shapes which are related to one another. They are connected and balance through composition within the picture plain. If you took one shape out, like a jigsaw the painting would seem incomplete. When creating a painting the composition is like working out a mathematical equation with the answer being the overall balance of the picture. Sounds complicated right? But fear not as it seems natural to me!


The Rocket print was originally taken from a painting that I did in watercolors in 2007. I find watercolors easy to use because you can apply washes without losing any pigment color. It has a smooth texture and lends itself to my preference of having a slightly wetter brush. On the painting you can see natural brush marks which add to its appeal. If you buy digital prints you can't reproduce this kind of innocent charm!

This type of painting is generally regarded as a Hard Edged Geometrical Abstraction. Hard Edged means that the shapes painted on the picture field are not blended into one another, that there is clear definition between them. This term was coined originally by the Post War American Abstract Expressionists, within this style you can see simlilarities to the works of the earlier European Artist Kandinsky While the Americans were creating the Abstract Expressionist Movement the Europeans created a softer approach to the Hard Edged-ness with Lyrical Abstraction.

You can find out more about my life from the About Me page. This will help you understand the origines of where The Rocket painting came from.

You can purchase The Rocket Print in the Gallery Shop.

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