Blue was a self portrait, Pink was a self portrait. It was beginning to be too much of ‘me’. My focus with the first two was body acceptance, self acceptance, positivity, and love. Blue also had meanings connected to mental health. But I was only representing a very minor part of the population as a young, white female. At this point, Black Lives Matter was rising again, the media was beginning to flag up names and statistics and People from all over the world were speaking up.
While I didn’t want to just ‘chuck in’ a painting of someone who looks different just for the sake of ‘diversity’, I had already been following and admiring a model on instagram, who I had wanted to paint for a while. She was the perfect model to complete my colour series for lush. (I am fully aware that this is still only a minor representation of the population, painting takes time and patience is a virtue, believe me I am and have been branching out since this).
Nyakim Gatwech @queennyakimofficial (Self proclaimed: Queen of Dark) posts stunning pictures (ART) to her instagram. She often plays with colour, fashion and lighting against her beautiful dark skin and every picture is individually mesmerising. I picked an interesting pose, played with the colour and reflections, and that was..
The creation of Yellow.