June 2, 2016

A New Painting Diptych: "Yellow Light"

Yellow Light, egg tempera on calfskin parchment; 2 panels, each 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.

I think of this painting, made up of two panels, as having an off-beat rhythm: the wide yellow curves seem to be of a piece, but they are not continuous; there's a jump, a missing piece, an unexplained relationship between them. Diagonals are repeated in highlights, but they are made of an angled shape in one panel and a line of circles in the other. This continuation/variation is part of what fascinates me about multiple panel paintings; the break between the two images creates a narrative jump, a space for conjecture, a bit of uncertainty. The large pale yellow triangular shape at the left anchors the composition as other shapes swoop off.

Yellow Light detail

The volumetric curve of a black form on the left panel....

Yellow Light detail

....is echoed by a flat curved yellow shape on the right. Repetition and change create a complex space.


  1. It's always a treat seeing your work!

  2. I'll accelerate through this one and beg for one more shot: the pair in context, hanging on the wall.
    Intriguing, beautiful, and as usual, delicious palette.