Reds, egg tempera on calfskin parchment; 3 1/2 x 5 in.
For this latest in my series of boxed paintings––tiny paintings contained in a box (you can see a couple of previous ones here and here)––I worked with the theme of the color red. I used the various red pigments that I have: different hues of cadmium red including vermillion, medium, purplish; alizarine; earth reds. Because I think of red as a color linked to organic life via blood, I used curvilinear forms for the box and the small paintings, trying to stick with an organic theme.
Reds, lid and inside of box
For the cover a circle within curves, for the bottom of the box two ovals overlapping.
Reds, paintings side 1; each ca. 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 in.
Reds, paintings side 2
The parchment is translucent, so the painting on one side is often visible on the other; I take this into account when painting these tiny pieces, trying for a relationship between the two sides. It wasn't easy for me to stick to somewhat organic shapes––I have a strong affinity for the geometric, hence the circles and ovals––but it was fun trying.