Cross and Stripes, egg tempera on calfskin parchment, 6 x 8 in.
Two bent and curving shapes cross in front of horizontal bars, earth red against a cool blue. In my original photo source, the blue stripes were as irregular––bent and wavy––as the red bars in front of them. I wanted to have a contrast of crisp horizontal and curvy cross, but I'm not quite sure it works. I think the idea in my head might have been more interesting than the painted result.
Cross and Stripes detail
The blue forms should zigzag in and out from the flat plane; you can see the light catching the upper part of the form and the shadowed underside. I think that the striped aspect of the image, the strong dark shadows (though I lightened them considerably while working on this) might flatten the form too much. But I give up, and as my mother likes to say "it is what it is".