Ali pioneers Miriam Cabello’s new series Beyond the White Rope. This painting depicts young Cassius Clay at the precipice of his astounding career and introduces a fresh limited palette of transparent oil pigments.
After extensive experimentation of the indirect method (numerous transparent glazes), the desired effects of the reflective qualities of cobalt violet were achieved.
Each glaze is allowed to dry before the subsequent coat is applied. Since opaque pigments are not used there is no room for error in tonal value, as a glazed area cannot be lightened. Great care is taken not to let any of the lights or mid values become too dark.
The colour of the first layer (imprimatura) – cobalt violet is inspired by Leonardo da Vinci “It has been said that Leonardo da Vinci preferred to meditate in a lavender or purple – colored light”. Renee Phillips