Night Sessions v.23
Acrylic on watercolor paper
15 in. x 11 in. (38 cm x 28 cm)
The third painting in my Nephilim series, inspired by the rare Nephilim cards in Magic: The Gathering. The Ink-Treader Nephilim represents a fundamental counterpoint to the color black. Black is often associated with terror, fear and evil, but for me black is actually quite a warm color. In my previous two paintings, I relied on black to provide contrast, so it was a challenge to create a similar effect using only green, blue, red and white paint. I ended up finding out that blue does a good job as a "stand-in" for black. I also used my palette knife to help create shape and depth, though I ended up using almost twice as much paint for this piece compared to the previous two before I was satisfied with it.
In Magic, the five colors are on a wheel. The two colors adjacent to a given color are its "allies" while the two colors across from it on the wheel are its "enemies". The order of the colors going clockwise is: blue, black, red, green, white. Thus green and red are in opposition to blue. Green and red are both primal colors I associate with biological life, but blue is the water and sky, the medium in which life survives and thrives. It's no coincidence that Earth is often called the "Blue Planet", being composed mostly of oceans. In this painting, red and green are on opposite sides, but their common opposition to the blue "branches" or "veins" unites and connects them.
Some molluscs and arthropods bleed blue blood due to the presence of a compound called haemocyanin, which serves the same function as hemoglobin in humans.
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