These pieces continued my interest in the assignment of literal meaning to color as I had begun previously in the Treasure Tones paint-chip pictures. I asked the model to hold colored cards selected from a deck of 6x9-inch Coloraid. She positioned them at her own discretion, and I aligned my camera with the cards. While working on the project, I considered Tom Wesselman’s “Great American Nudes,” Mel Ramos’ pinup paintings and John McCraken's serial color slabs particularly pertinent
Cherie Holding Colored Cards was photographed in 1976 using Kodachrome film. I enlarged the transparencies in 1978 onto Polaroid print material and presented the small pictures on a grid of nine or sixteen images. I reprinted the complete set in 1984 as Kodak Ektaflex 8x10s and revisited the set again in 2011 when I scanned the original Kodachromes to make 24x34-inch digital-pigment prints.