April 18, 2015

A New Painting: "Orange, Light and Shadow"

Orange, Light and Shadow, egg tempera on calfskin parchment, 6 1/2 x 8 3/4 in.

This painting is on the same panel as another that I struggled with and finally gave up on. It was a relief to work on this image after the fight with the previous one, though it wasn't at all easy to balance the hues and values to achieve convincing light; each rectangle of color was repainted several times. For me the image is calm and satisfying: balanced geometry can be a balm. 

Orange, Light and Shadow detail


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    1. I'm surprised that orange is anyone's favorite color, Ravenna.

  2. Really? Wait till you see my house this summer! And then there's my car, and my dahlias, and Sybil ~