December 29, 2013

A New Painting: "Blue Circles"

Blue Circles, egg tempera on calfskin parchment, 5 x 7 1/2 in. 

This painting is a bit different from my recent work; it has more elements in its composition. I have been moving towards simpler imagery over the past couple of years, but I couldn't resist those rows of circles  and the red form topped by the bright nut, which itself is finished with a smidgen of red. When I began working on the painting, I tried leaving out the nut, thinking it would make the image more abstract, but it didn't work; it needed that light spot as a focus and to balance the blue circles. Try covering it and see if you agree. For me, it adds zing to a sturdy lineup.

Blue Circles detail


  1. Yes, the nut is a pivot point. The palette, as always, brilliant.

    1. Thanks for seconding my feeling about that nut, Ravenna. The color was fun to work with.

  2. Altoon, This painting draws me inside, like a room to worship the color blue and orange. The point of view is low. I look up and see the nut, a holy geometry, left as an offering on the altar. I've entered a sacred space. (My story just tumbled out...egged on by your evocative imagery.)

  3. This is so different than many of your prior paintings and yet the link to them is there with geometry and machinery. I keep coming back to look at this. Kind of like Cecelia says, it draws me inside, but I still can't pinpoint the reason. I just know that it keeps staying in my mind when I leave your page.

  4. Thanks so much, Cecelia and Ms. Wis. I think there may be something about those repeated circles that is engaging.