July 14, 2014

A New Painting: "Shadowed Triangle"

Shadowed Triangle, egg tempera on calfskin parchment, 9 1/8 x 6 3/4 in.

This image is a fairly simple one: horizontals and a big diagonal making a triangular shape. But that truncated triangle is parallel to the picture plane and is attached to a cylindrical volume which recedes, so that adds a little complication. There was also the question of what color to paint the shape on the lower right. In "real life" it was a grassy background, but I didn't want to use green since it would be too close to the shadow colors. I tried a red but that didn't work. I ended up with a dark green-blue, which I think sits back in space where I want it but isn't too demure. 

Shadowed Triangle detail

Then there's the always tricky task of making paint look like light and shadow. I have this odd desire to be, at the same time, an abstract painter and a naturalistic one; it's a continuing and fascinating challenge.

*I'll be away for a few days; see you sometime next week. 


  1. This is wonderfully full of light and yellow. Thank you especially for the closeup that shows the brush marks and the layers of color. Makes me think of flying.

    1. Thanks so much, Susan; I love the flying thought.

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    1. Thank you, Ravenna. I'm pleased that my juggling of color ended in harmony.