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Coccolithophores

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Abstract acrylic painting

Coccolithophores

Today’s word of the day for me is coccolithophore. These are single celled organisms protected by bony plates which cause them to reflect light in interesting ways. One of the other people on the Oxford Summer School course I am doing this year (Colour and Composition for Painters, led by Jane Strother) suggested that my palette looked like a satellite picture she had recently seen. I did a monoprint (pressing a sheet on the palette, lifting a lot of the paint so you can’t repeat it) and dropped in more blue to enhance it, which I moved around with a palette knife. The colours on the palette were primary blue, burnt umber and titanium white, all from Sennelier’s Abstract acrylic range.

Out of all my work from a productive day, this is the one I think I’m most likely to frame for future display.