“Wild pyrotechnics” 1 & 2

 My tutor said “Wild pyrotechnics”, expressing his astonishment, at The Painting School of Montmiral.

Under his guidance, painting ‘plien aire’,  I was developing my unusually complex, highly individual colour experience to advantage, in the manner and tradition of Turner, Cezanne and van Gogh.

Red Bales, day one
Red Bales, day one

These breakthrough paintings “Red Bales 1 and 2” where a key moment in my understanding of colour as described in some detail  via the ‘Further Reading’ link in the text below.

I learnt to overcome difficulties with my eccentric  colour vision, learned to release the  “Wild Pyrotechnics”, when I choose, or see as a colour normal person, thus turning what many see as a visual handicap, to advantage.

To see if I could achieve this was the main reason, ‘why I went to the Tarn’, although at the time I acted partly upon intuition, I would not have phrased it quite like that at the time


Deeply frustrated by the first painting I returned the next day and created a personal breakthrough, for the first time uninhibited by my unstable colour vision, spontaneously painting the colours as I saw them.

Red Bales day two
Red Bales day two

I have kept these two landscape paintings as points of reference, now I’m willing to let them go.

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The painting

These paintings, created on successive days were made while I was ‘unlearning’ colour, exploring my very irregular colour vision.  

The subject was chosen as simple to draw, potentially complex to colour and within walking distance of Castelnau de Montmiral where I was studying at the painting school of Montmiral.

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Further reading, photo details, main text


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