August 4, 2015

A New Painting: "Rectangles and Cylinder"


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.


9 comments:

  1. You definitely have a solid presence here. I feel like I could reach out and touch this.

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  2. i dont know what to say anymore..i have run out of superlatives.Congratulations
    Toni

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  3. Thanks so much for the nice comments.

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  4. Satisfying piece! Part of me is curious how you could play with the proportional divisions. The almost center point.
    Totally agree about light: in art, garden, life.

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    1. It's funny, Julie, but I didn't pay attention to the center point, but the narrow shadowed shape of the orange form is right at the center where it meets the dark orange.

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  5. Yes, I kinda played with it by holding my thumb over gray part. But that changed it to thirds and whole different proportions.

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