Black / Grey / Gold
At the time I moved on from drawing on paper to painting on canvases I began my journey with using acrylic paints (back in 2011). Having plunged into this new world without any formal training or lessons under my belt I was completely inexperienced and clueless on how to utilize it well. Even still, I found acrylics to be surprisingly easy to handle and extremely forgiving.
The start of this piece began as a practice and exercise to create watercolour effects using acrylic paint. This was an easy and smooth process as acrylic paints are water-soluble, allowing the artists to comfortably achieve the wanted consistency without the compromise on the balance and/or characteristics of the paint itself.
For anyone out there wanting to try something new, acrylic painting is my recommendation. Although both watercolours and acrylics are fast-drying paints, the latter is much less finicky to work with and easier to remove when mistakes happen. I also appreciate the fact that they become permanent and water-resistant when dry.
The title 'IMPERIUM' was given to this piece after its completion. The motivation behind it came from the sheer size of the canvas of the painting as well as the unapologetic and robust shades of gold. ‘Imperium’ originally meant absolute power in Latin (also “to command” or “empire”).