A New Painting: "Blue Clamp"

Blue Clamp, egg tempera on calfskin parchment, 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches.


A bright greenish blue in the midst of a sea of red; volumetric lines straight or curved; diagonals of light. The blue, actually mixed as a tint of phthalo green, startles in its insistent intensity, and is itself centered with red. I think/hope the richness of the dark reds are a balance in shadow to the light carried in the blue. Like with my last painting, Black Hoses, the issue of a title came to mind, with a brief thought of Blue Center, but no, I like the hard "p" of clamp; it repeats in sound the physical feeling of holding, pressing, clamping down.