Lines, egg tempera on calfskin parchment, 2 5/8 x 6 5/8 x 3/4 in.
Last year I started a new painting project: small boxes made of parchment, filled with tiny paintings. My first piece had the theme of Red Yellow Blue and Black and the second Black and White. They used geometric shapes as their compositions. I thought I'd try something different with this one, using just line, straight and curved, singly or in patterns. It's made for images that are less dramatic, so they don't have quite the punch of the previous works.
Lines, top and inside box
I decided to keep the interior nearly empty of incident and have the cover show basic geometric shapes, topped by a curved line.
Lines, paintings side 1, each ca. 1 1/4 in. square
Lines, paintings side 2, each ca. 1 1/4 in. square
As I worked, I searched for different kinds of linear expression. I threw a lot of pieces away, as many as I kept. Because the parchment is translucent, each painting has a correspondence with the one on its other side, which I kept in mind as I developed each composition. (click to enlarge to see the paintings more clearly) What I learned in doing this piece is that line is harder to control than shape, but I hope it was worth the effort.