This week’s Colour Me Positive was on the theme of Hope. My kids and I are all mythology nerds so, for that reason, when I read the word “hope” in isolation and free of context, I automatically think of Pandora, opening that box and unleashing all the nasties and leaving only hope inside. It is not that long since I drew Pandora, however, so I did not repeat that subject but it definitely inspired me. I focused in on the idea of managing to keep hold of hope, keep it safely enclosed within that box, and that phrase – holding on to hope – then informed the way the page evolved: a visual representation of holding on to hope even in dark times.
I wanted to have another attempt at the technique I used in my recent portrait for a Let’s Face It lesson, of painting over a background and carving out elements of the painting as negative shapes. In doing so, I was also able to surround the figure in darkness. The black paint carving out the blue shapes helps, I think, for the gold to be a more emphatic element in the page. I like this negative space technique. I think I am going to keep experimenting with it.