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Color Invocations

The Practice of Looking Deeply

Left: mira, Anochecido Rosado, 2019. Oil on canvas, 22” x 20”. Right: mira, Noche Azul, 2019. Oil on canvas, 22” x 20”.

Beverly Acha often starts with color—a general sense of palette—and her process is an intuitive one: “The fact that I don’t know where I’ll end up is both terrifying and also the reason why I do it.” She tells me this in her East Austin studio as she shows me her painting Find Me Out, a 72 x 56 in. oil on canvas. The sharp lines and bright colors snag the eye, but the longer I stay in front of it, the more the darker blues in the background—that immense and absorbing richness—seem to creep forward. The effect is akin to standing on the edge of a swimming pool and peering into the water, only to realize there is no bottom. 

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