Green Curve, egg tempera on calfskin parchment, 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.
When I look for subjects for my paintings, I usually choose objects in bright light: the contrast of light and shadow with the subtleties of reflected light, and the shapes of cast shadows, add another layer of interest to the painting. Sometimes, though, I come across an image that is intriguing to me without the added drama of sunlight, such as with Green Curve. I liked the large curve of green, broken by two interior shapes––a depressed curve and a straight projection––above a more complex array of black shapes, mainly horizontal, with some echoing the curves above. I found this contrast of color and shape appealing, and tried to have the green color carry light just as the black is sunk into darkness.
Green Curve detail