January 26, 2015

A New Painting: "Angles and Bar"

Angles and Bar, egg tempera on calfskin parchment, 9 x 6 1/2 in.

What interested me in this image was the concentration of small angled forms at the top contrasted with the large simpler space below. And then their were the holes: an ellipse at the top and three descending circles, adding accents to the yellows.

Angles and Bar detail

It's always a juggling act to get the color balanced and the light believable. Warmer/cooler, lighter/darker: I often have to repaint areas several times. Because egg tempera is translucent, the repainting is easier than with opaque oil paint. The layering of color adds depth, a depth the Old Masters knew how to achieve with their glazing techniques in oil, but few of us use now. People tend to think egg tempera is a finicky medium, but I find it very easy and forgiving; and full of light.


  1. Beautiful ellipse. What most compels me about this piece is the way you have handled and rendered the various shadows.

  2. This reminds me of the words of an older person, "I didn't know going deaf would be so noisy!", in that I did not know yellow was so colorful!

  3. Another touchable painting. I hope you aren't buried in snow.

  4. Thanks for all the great comments!
    Lisa, the snow didn't do much up north, a couple of inches.

  5. So two angles walk into a bar.....