Candy Stripes, egg tempera on calfskin parchment, 7 x 8 in.
I felt almost rebellious making this minimal, silly-colored painting. After my near meltdown following my last painting, which you can read about in this blog post, this flat simple work was like an antidote to my confusion. Setting the disliked painting I was working on aside, I went out to take more photographs as studies for paintings. Some of the images I found were a bit more abstract than previous ones; when I put them up for contemplation, they made me happy. I felt that the meltdown had served a useful purpose: it had shaken up my vision. My intention with this painting is that the image should look very flat and abstract, except for hints that keep it in the real world: the shadow line under the green and striped areas, indicating a thin but solid presence; and the shadow crossing the green into the candy stripes, showing a sense of sunlight. It took a lot of adjustments of color to get the shadow to be convincing, and to have the green and pink and white sit on the same plane (I hope).
Candy Stripes, detail
Studio wall with recent paintings.
I had thought that Candy Stripes was so quirky that it would look out of place with my other paintings, but it seems to fit in okay. Now I'm back to working on a painting that depicts solid volumes, but working on this flat image was refreshing.