40 x 40 x 5.5cm
Oil and wax on board
This expressive image of a single poppy is created by setting fire to the paint on the canvas.
A courageous yet fragile flower emerging from a swirling mass of smoke, which only hints at the extreme process which created it.
Once the red pigment is ignited, the flames are sculpted to create the atmospheric shading and tonal structure. A touch of green and purple are added to give detail.
The soot has created a huge amount of depth and movement in this piece, giving it a dramatic beauty. The poppy stands tall, undaunted by the seeming chaos behind it.
Each painting created by fire is by its very nature, unique.
Find out more about the fire painting process below and watch it in action.
Painting with fire is dangerous and unpredictable. That's why I enjoy using it as a creative process. Beeswax, oils and resins are mixed with oil paint and applied warm to the canvas then ignited.
The paint can burn from within a few inches of flame to almost a metre in height. I sculpt the flames and smoke using a compressed air gun, which finally extinguishes the fire.
The end result is a complex mix of wax and oils similar to encaustic painting. The fire and soot create all the deep tones and shading. The hot molten paint mixture gives the painting movement, depth and a richness of colour.
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