Untitled: Blue, Dark Blue and Yellow

The original photograph was taken overlooking  Constantine Bay and Trevose Head on the north Cornish coast with a wheat field in the foreground. I never take photographs so distinctly sliced into horizontal thirds. It looks odd.  Not so odd before I cropped it to a square format, but odd all the same. But then I looked at it again and thought of the Mark Rothko paintings.  I have a postcard sized print which is Royal Red and Blue. So why not a blue and yellow?

Mark Rothko – Blue Dark Blue and Yellow


  1. beetleypete says:

    I like some of Rothko’s work, and this certainly has a similar feel, Jude.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yup! You were in Spam Jail. How weird. No-one to keep you company either!

      1. beetleypete says:

        Thanks for letting me out, Jude. x

  2. the canvas edit is perfect – you have 3 thirds and 1 contrast – great to hang on the wall

    1. Heyjude says:

      I like the canvas effect, but a shame about those rocks in the middle. They really bug me. If I was going to do this intentionally, then I would have moved the focus further out to sea.

  3. What fun to play around with these effects Mark Rothko-style! 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Amazing what a rainy day can produce!

  4. Sue says:

    Love this experimentation, Jude…..and the splitting into horizontal thirds is so Rothko……😀

    1. Heyjude says:

      I don’t often play with photos, but this one just struck me.

      1. Sue says:

        Very good!

  5. Tish Farrell says:

    Love your Rothko take, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Tish! Extraordinary that we both saw a Rothko in our photos!

      1. Tish Farrell says:

        Just goes to show that in between the corporate intention to bend our minds, there are some good vibes still getting through 🙂

  6. restlessjo says:

    I’m going to be boring and prefer your original, Jude. 🙂 🙂 I love those vivid colours and don’t mind tidy thirds. It’s not like you do it all the time, is it? I wouldn’t part with money for a Rothko or even want it as a gift, whereas I wouldn’t mind this as a gift from you. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oh, thank you Jo! I wouldn’t part with money for a lot of abstract art to be honest! This was an accidental artwork – only when I cropped to the square did I think of a Rothko.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    This actually helped me a bit with appreciating abstract expressionism.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I admit that abstract art can be an acquired taste. Deeper meanings are often lost on me.

  8. One of my favourite colour palettes.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I also like blues and yellows. Colours of Cornwall 🙂

  9. bushboy says:

    I like all three Jude

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Brian 🙂

  10. I like them all, quite a bit, although I like the honeycomb version the best. The rocks in the water make all of them better, to me. They keep the composition from seeming too perfect or contrived. For the same reason, I also like that the line where the grass meets the water appears to be just the tiniest bit higher on the left side. These are all visually appealing and restful, and I think any of them would look great reproduced as large wall art.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I like the honeycomb version too, seems to capture the colours without any form (stained-glass effect) and yes, you are quite right, the wheat or cornfield isn’t perfectly horizontal. All just a bit of fun on a wet day. Which it appears to be today! No hanging out the washing!

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