November 21, 2011

A New Painting: "Grin"

Grin, egg tempera on calfskin parchment, 5 x 6 1/4 inches.

The third and final painting in my series of handles is another amusing one (at least to me) and I couldn't resist calling it Grin for the curved opening ready for the grip of a hand. The straight horizontal at top is crossed by the green vertical, both pierced by holes, and backed by swelling gray bands broken by light and shadow. A little wacky?

In this detail you can see the texture of paint and parchment; the fine indented lines are veining in the calfskin.

Here are the three paintings in this series hanging together in the studio: from the left Partnered, Handle and Holes, and Grin. I think they make an interesting group, even though Partnered is more serious in tone than the other two works. Now I'm ready to work on a more minimalist composition...


  1. I love the big grin. Some time ago there was a commercial where they were showing objects that appeared to be grinning. I loved that commercial even though I can't remember what they were advertising. Ha... This is much better. Love the grin. Great painting. The shadows bring it alive.

  2. Lisa, I remember that commercial, but I can't remember what it was for either, unless it was Volkswagen? with its grinning grill? It was very clever.
    thanks, Helen!

  3. i love the somber tones and in the shadows indications of reflected daylight... and of course the humor. why did it immediately remind me of a cash register....

  4. thanks, rappel. Those bulging forms are very like the curving front of those old fashioned cash registers; thanks for the reference.

  5. This is a very strong grouping of paintings. I like them very much.
    I've been cooking so I missed them earlier.