World of Colour, Shades of Grey
On its own, here in plain graphite, the work was appealing through the shading and form alone, and I received a lot of positive commentary from the public, even before it was completely finished.
In the final composition, I added colour to further divide realities - rose-coloured glasses came to mind as I worked, the expansion of the balance of perception; the extremes of the spectrum and the choice in between.
My reasoning for the use of colour in art is based on its purpose in the overall composition - I rarely make the choice to work in colour for the sake of colour alone. It comes down to whether or not I believe it will make a greater emotional impact; often the softer greys and blacks are dream-like enough that the need for colour is unwarranted, and there's the fact that it allows for the imagination of the audience to add to the image themselves.