Gray Circles, egg tempera on calfskin parchment, 6 3/4 x 9 in.
It's quite unusual for me to make a painting whose color is essentially a neutral gray; during the six years I've been painting on parchment, I've done only one other, in 2012, which you can see here. It's fairly easy to make a lively painting whose primary color is yellow or blue, but with gray it's something of a challenge. The many repeated circles, large and small, drew me to this image. I decided to keep the color close to the original grays of the galvanized metal, rather than invent a more brilliant hue. I think it's a painting that swings between reserve––because of the quiet color––and energy––in its many circles and its cast shadows. And I swing between thinking it's a good painting and one that's just ho-hum.
Gray Circles detail