Helen Jarvis, Watts Gallery Artist in Residence, talks about her recent experimentation with colours in painting
'Much of my work employs a quite specific faded yellowy colour as it conveys a feel of weathering or wear and tear without being too heavy or drab. I'm trying to find something else that does a similar job as my studio can end up looking very yellow but, though I frequently experiment, no other colours have proved quite as satisfying to work with.
These are a few recent testers of colours, effects and textures,which I'll later work into - from left to right they become increasingly successful at avoiding yellow, but still I'm not so sure about the pink. It's interesting to note that Watts painted onto a yellow ground for its brightening effect; my main issue with the pink tester would be that it lacks the 'lift' that the yellow provides, making the surface feel flat and cold.'
Helen Jarvis, Watts Gallery Artist in Residence 2012-12
Visit Helen's studio at Watts Gallery, which is open on the first Wednesday of the month.