Untitled (Pink, Black), egg tempera on calfskin parchment, 4 1/2 x 9 in.
I've been inspired to play with color in my new series of cloth paintings, here pink and black, inspired by a group of paintings by Mary Heilmann, a painter I much admire. Pink is a funny color, funny as in humorous and also as in strange, with odd associations. Paired with black, there can be a life and death aspect to it, heightened by the organic curves, but I'd prefer to think of it as simply nervy, like "how dare you appear in a serious painting!"
Untitled (Pink, Black) detail
It's a challenge to achieve a lively quality of light, to have warmth in the cast shadows and half lights.
Mary Heilmann, Guitar, 1979; acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 in.