If any color epitomizes the concept of Wax & Wane to me, it is magenta. I bought a large jar of cheap magenta (or fuchsia, depending on your preference) acrylic paint my first summer of Grad school. I had never used the color before, but for some reason I was so drawn to it. I had stuck for so long with dark and rich Renaissance colors that I needed a little practice with this 1800s invention. I completed a quick little sketch using magenta and green (which I found out much later was it's complementary). After that painting, I put my magenta away for about a year and a half. I had other things to accomplish.
Being positioned between red and violet magenta facilitates an interesting exchange of color meanings. Red evokes passion and even aggression, while violet encourage introspection and ingenuity. Magenta is passionate about introspection and outrageously innovative. It is supportive, encourages otherworldliness, balances emotions, and expresses utmost love.
I picked back up my magentas after a year and a half and created a work mixed with blue. It was simple and clean and allowed me to better understand the color. This is where the waxing and the waning comes in. When I first discovered this color I was taken aback by its loud and seemingly brash quality. I was afraid of it, because I felt like it was yelling at me (and not very nicely either). But there was something soothing there too. And the moment that I allowed myself to believe that, the violets swam forward and took over, calming me. It seems like the waxing reds and waning violets are constantly in flux.
Then I found Kaffe Fasset. All I could think was: "hot damn, this is what I've been looking for." It was as if his fabric lines were dancing, singing, and calling to me (much more nicely than the magenta paint had when we first met). They had this kind of glow to them and when they were mixed together there was this brilliant vibration that occurred.
I haven't had the time to develop and fully delve into the Kaffe fabrics I bought, but I'm hoping in the next few weeks to really start playing with the colors, vibrations, and spiritual qualities. I am also tasking myself with really researching sappanwood as a dyestuff, which produces the most brilliant magentas. I look forward to sharing my progress in both endeavors.
With love & beauty,
Posted on a waning gibbous