Bridget Riley, 1967
Please excuse me being so pretentious there. But (having had just had a post about my monochromatic love) I’m in agreement with Ms Riley here. I just like bright colours. Or deep colours. Or pastel colours. Just… colours.
I needed to buy some plaster the other day (don’t ask) so trudged on down to Wilko’s. On my way, I had to pass Laura Ashley. A green twinkly caught my eye and I found myself, well, buying it. This is surprising because a) I am stony broke, and b) I’m normally quite vocal about how I dislike green. I’m never sure if it’s because I actually dislike green, or whether it’s because I was forced to wear bottle green during my formative years, but green has never really appealed. But it wasn’t the green that appealed to me. The dress had pink flowers. I quite like pink (I’m not one of those people who says “I’m sooo girrly, I loves pink!!!!!1111!!”) but it was the contrast of pink and green. I just liked it, so this dress – the last one! In my size! It must have been a sign – has found itself from the shop floor to my bedroom floor (I’m quite messy).
Just noticed I appear to be abusing parentheses unusually frequently this post.
Back to colour. I think it’s not so much colour I love, but the contrast and the play amongst them. Navy, I think, is quite a dull colour, until you pop some zesty orange next to it, then – pow! It comes alive!
So maybe I’ve been hard on green all these years. Maybe it deserves a little love. So bring on the green!
…For someone who claims not to like green, I sure have a lot of it.
By the way, check out Bridget’s work: http://www.op-art.co.uk/bridget-riley/ She’s one of my favourite artists