A New Painting: "Untitled (Manganese Blue, Yellow, Orange)"


Untitled (Manganese Blue, Yellow, Orange), egg tempera on calfskin parchment, 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. 

Today, as I was working on new drawings, I was thinking about my widening art endeavors: strangely, instead of thinking that I am spreading myself too thin, I feel as though I am touching more and deeper parts of myself. Others may disagree, certainly, but for me, each series I work on calls up a different range of feeling. Even though I might use a similar compositional idea to the painting above in my prints or hooked wool drawings––using elements conversing with each other across a surface––the paintings slow process and illusionistic form impart quite a different mood.




The blue in this painting is mixed with Manganese Cerulean pigment and Titanium white. The blue is quite transparent, so it's close to impossible for me to paint an even tone; instead I tried to use its translucent quality to make a varied surface of subtly shifting hues.