Toothed Circle, egg tempera on calfskin parchment, 4 3/4 x 7 inches.
A circle and a rectangle are the main players in this painting's drama: a circle catching light alongside a deeply shadowed space. I used the insight on mixing color gained from my last painting Yellow Folds to layer colors until I had an illusion of a space receding into fathomless dark. One big question for myself as I worked on the painting was about the cotter pin at the center of the circle. I put it in, then painted it out, then brought it back as I decided that I liked the little dance it performed, making the image less solemn. Let me know what you think; I can always take it out again.