Upright, egg tempera on calfskin parchment, 6 x 8 3/8 in.
I realize this is pretty ridiculous, but while I was painting Upright, I kept thinking of Steve Martin and his "A Wild and Crazy Guy"....because I felt a little that way. "Why?" you ask: it's the color. I changed the the color of the source photograph, which was a John Deere green, into a color that was inspired by a new pigment I bought last spring, Ultramarine Red. I felt alternately elated by the wackiness of the color and despairing of the ridiculousness of it. It was also one of those paintings that didn't make sense until the final form was painted and it all snapped into place. In retrospect it was fun, not so much while painting it. I think I like it, though the color still throws me off a bit.