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Composition No. 1 (squid with patatas a lo pobre)

With Composition No.1 (squid with patatas a lo pobre), my painting has taken something of a new direction. Inspired by the simple abstract forms and “fractional modules” of Saloua Raouda Choucair, and intrigued by the medium of her choice, gauche, I have diverted from the more detailed figurative approach of my normal artwork to cleaner, simpler representational forms.

In this work, I am attempting to convey an atmosphere and an occasion: lunch by a Mediterranean beach – a dish of squid and patatas a lo pobre, the typical unctuous Spanish dish in which simple oil nourished potatoes are served with peppers and onion. I have attempted to convey the swirls of the sea, the curving delicate forms of a squid’s tentacles and the odd burst of red from the colour-rich peppers.

Composition No. 1 (Squid and patatas a lo pobre) 2013 © Nicholas de Lacy-Brown (Gauche on paper)

Composition No. 1 (Squid and patatas a lo pobre) 2013 © Nicholas de Lacy-Brown (Gauche on paper)

As for gouache paint – it’s been something of a revelation. Something of a cross between watercolour and acrylic but drying matt, flowing seamlessly across the paper and easily controllable both with and without water mixed in, I’ve found it an inherently pleasurable medium with which to work. I love the flat finish, the overlapping colours, and the explosion of blues bursting across the picture. I cannot wait to work in gauche again. In fact, composition No.2 is already taking shape.

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7 Comments Post a comment
  1. maru clavier #

    I am glad you are experimenting, actually I am enjoying it. I like these ‘simpler forms’ as you call them. Abstract composition suits you. me thinks.

    June 5, 2013
    • Thank you Maru! So glad you like it… It’s a big change but there’s an inexorable sense of freedom from the less detailed forms which I find ultimately relaxing 🙂

      June 6, 2013
  2. love your new style !

    June 5, 2013
    • Thank you!! I’m so happy it’s meeting with a positive response as its quite a departure from my “norm”!

      June 6, 2013
  3. Very nice, fresh and optimistic. Good colours.

    June 7, 2013

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