(oil on board, diameter: 19cm) 

'Convex tulips', 2019

This third painting is part of a triptych of three small circular works that are meant to look like warped reflections in round convex mirrors. 

 

I have quite an obsession with the depiction of convex mirrors in art (like in 'The Arnolfini Portrait' and 'A Goldsmith in His Shop') and I wanted to see if I could paint one not just as a prop in a painting but as the whole painting. I used reference photos taken with a fisheye lens and I wanted them to be very smooth and blended like the surface of a real mirror rather than textured with brush strokes. I chose a muted ultramarine background for it so they would all (the red, the black and the blue) be in a strong harmony. The main difficulty was cutting out the panels and then laboriously sanding them down into circles. 

 

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