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.