February 11, 2014

A New Painting: "Orange Rounds"


Orange Rounds, egg tempera on calfskin parchment, 8 1/4 x 7 in.


When I was working on photo studies for this painting, I had both horizontal and vertical versions. I decided on the vertical, feeling it had more tension in the cropping of the form. My big challenge with this work was the color: I painted and repainted those oranges many times; they were too light, too dark, too contrasty, not contrasty enough, too reddish, too yellowish. The top part of the painting became overworked and I had to wipe it down to the parchment and start again. But I think I got the color relationships fairly well resolved.


Orange Rounds detail


The orange forms in this piece are relatively flat, although there is a flattened cone, so I enjoyed painting this black form that is more volumetric; and that little hole in it continues the repeating rounds, with a twist.


8 comments:

  1. There are so many options within "orange." I love the grey protruding hemisphere too.

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  2. I love that in your recent paintings, I can immediately registrar this is is a close up view of one or several industrial objects. For me, it's the shadow that gives it away. Particularity in this painting, the rounded angle. It a shadow that only a manufacture object could give. The lighting is also so specific. At least, I think it is. Florescent light?
    Maybe it's because I'm a fan of orange that I feel so happy with this painting.

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    1. Thanks so much, Yetzenia. I guess, though, that the light isn't so specific looking because it is actually sunlight.

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  3. nice little slice of green up there too. this one feels very architectural to me, deco,and very successful orange.

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    1. thanks, rappel. That slice of green started out being wider, but it didn't work, so I'm glad you're happy with it now.

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