January 23, 2014

A New Painting: "Green Curve"

Green Curve, egg tempera on calfskin parchment, 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. 

When I look for subjects for my paintings, I usually choose objects in bright light: the contrast of light and shadow with the subtleties of reflected light, and the shapes of cast shadows, add another layer of interest to the painting. Sometimes, though, I come across an image that is intriguing to me without the added drama of sunlight, such as with Green Curve. I liked the large curve of green, broken by two interior shapes––a depressed curve and a straight projection––above a more complex array of black shapes, mainly horizontal, with some echoing the curves above. I found this contrast of color and shape appealing, and tried to have the green color carry light just as the black is sunk into darkness. 

Green Curve detail


  1. Your writing "....the green color CARRY light just as the black is sunk into darkness" helps me to see a new way. TY, Stephanie.

    1. Thanks, Stephanie. I do try to write clearly and am glad that it adds something to your understanding.