Rectangles and Cylinder, egg tempera on calfskin parchment, 5 3/8 x 10 in.
Illusionism is fun. While I was working on this painting, as the forms became more clear, the illusion of volume and depth heightened. I like when a tactile sense of a reality appears in the work. It is uncanny, magical, a thing that painting can do. I am not trying to "trick the eye" with trompe l'oeil, but to achieve a solid presence. It is one large reason I keep painting objects, and keep my non-objective work for my other mediums: prints, textiles, drawings.
Rectangles and Cylinder detail
Another reason to keep painting the things of this world is the light that is cast on them and reflected off them; I am drawn to sunlight and its effects. For me, a painting can wondrously feel as though I am running my hand over solid surfaces.