Still more values

There’s a point, isn’t there, where something you’ve been doing a while turns a gear. It’s often a petri dish accident.

When I work on digital images I use a bright, contrasting colour as a background to help me see where I’ve missed bits and how much is left to do. I started noticing that the areas of large single colour that I roughly brush in have a texture I really like. The early versions of a piece of work are often very abstract and have their own legs.

Here I have used a screengrab from footage of the UK Miner’s strikes in 1984-5.

While finishing this piece I played around with it, inverting, saturating, offsetting. I especially like how the big patches of black are actually quite textured, like the surface of rough hewn marble.

I worked a bit more on this effect with Elvis Presley’s funeral cortege.