September 8, 2011

A New Painting: "Draped"

Draped, egg tempera on calfskin parchment, 7 x 5 1/4 inches.

My working title for this painting was simply Blue/Green, but after giving my last painting an active title, Tied, I thought I would title this after the way the black hoses rest on the circular form: they are draped over it. There is other activity in the image: blue/red and green planes intersect at angles, so the curving black serves to stabilize the composition. I wasn't sure about keeping the rust red in the area above the hose, but ended up feeling that I liked the additional color there; I'm not sure it was the correct decision though. Any thoughts?

Sometimes I am very lucky in the images I find, such as with Tied, which I'm able to turn into strong paintings at just the right size. But it doesn't always happen. Although I like Draped, I don't see it as one of my best. Do you sometimes do work that you think: wow, I wish I could do that again! Don't we sometimes jump ahead of ourselves, make a brilliant leap forward, then drop back and have to slog ahead in an ordinary way?


  1. look at 'draped' next to the icon for your website at the top of the page. terrific conversation between the two. don't short-change 'draped' - you're just not used to it yet.

  2. leilanibennett@kraemersw.comSeptember 8, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Definitely yes on the touch of rust. Rust adds such a wonderful patina to everything it touches.

  3. rappel, there is a nice correspondence with the angles of the two paintings.
    leilanibennett, thanks for the input on the red rust.
    Maybe this one will grow on me...I did enjoy working on it.