August 24, 2015

A New Painting: "Three"

Three, egg tempera on calfskin parchment, 8 x 9 1/2 in.

I've titled this painting Three because of its three cylindrical elements. The three volumes are on two colored planes, blue and lemon yellow. The two cast shadows are similar, but not exactly the same: I thought they were identical until I looked at the finished painting the next day and saw the differences; I decided to keep them as they are to add a little imperfection and quirkiness to the image (or was I just being lazy?). 

Three detail

Painting a convincing shadow is always difficult, but especially so with yellow, which is such a light color; the shadow can so easily go dead. I hope there's light within these shadows. We tend to think of a shadow as something dark, but there's always color and light within it.


  1. I love seeing the detail. And the palette is so extraordinary. Wonderful.

  2. Thanks so much, Lynda, Sue, and Deborah. There's something about yellow and blue that is very cheerful.

  3. yes there is light within the shadows, and theyre gorgeous, though i dont really understand why they are different.

    1. Thanks. The shadows are differently shaped: look at the top curve of the right and left shadow and you'll see it.