Strong lines on an energized, yellow background make this semi-abstract painting special. The artist chose to use an analogous (colours side by side on the colour wheel), warm colour palette for this painting.
The eye has been placed off centre in the top section of the painting to allow for long lines of red/orange, yellow and pink tears to take up the remaining area of the canvas. One dark, violet coloured tear flows strongly yet smoothly, and complements the yellow mother colour used in the painting. A second small, circled pink eye rests on the cheekbone. Some colour layering gives depth to this delightful painting.
Yellow has been described as a ‘joyful’ and ‘tenderly attractive’ colour that gives a sense of warmth and delight. So, are these tears of joy?
Circled eyes quite often appear in the artist’s work and had meaning for him.
Acrylic on Masonite, date unknown. (Cleaned and framed.)