Blue Circles, egg tempera on calfskin parchment, 5 x 7 1/2 in.
This painting is a bit different from my recent work; it has more elements in its composition. I have been moving towards simpler imagery over the past couple of years, but I couldn't resist those rows of circles and the red form topped by the bright nut, which itself is finished with a smidgen of red. When I began working on the painting, I tried leaving out the nut, thinking it would make the image more abstract, but it didn't work; it needed that light spot as a focus and to balance the blue circles. Try covering it and see if you agree. For me, it adds zing to a sturdy lineup.
Blue Circles detail