Little Bird after Rothko

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I drew the underlying drawing for this in 2010, just before I moved from Perth to Sydney. This and approximately 60 others have been in a state of suspended animation since then, due to a very unbalanced work/life situation. Only in recent weeks have I begun to revisit these and finish working on them.

Finally seeing these works in vibrant colour, I feel I am breathing new life into them. This one in particular, being inspired by Rothko’s colour-field paintings, is flooded in rich reds and watermelon pink, beckoning our little heroine into the wild, as she sits in a pool of cool aqua, contemplating her next move.

I finished painting on 8 December 2018, while listening to Little Bird, sung by Annie Lennox.