Tight Clams

I enjoy the fertile area between abstraction and representation. These two clams, done in chalk pastel, nestle comfortably in that region. They both explore mark-making and through composition you can get lost in the drawing process.

These were done from life, using live clams. Working from life and living creatures is something I truly enjoy. I spent a lot of time exploring the subtle, sandy colors of the shells, at the same time, not letting them get mired in monotony. Touches of red and green helped give a subtle pop.

The client has indicated they like these images. Only time will tell, the final decision.

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Shell Studies

This is the start of a new still life series, featuring oysters, clams and abalone. It began as sketches for a potential commission for a seafood restaurant. Many of these are finalists in the selection, but there is a great deal of competition. Fingers crossed it will go through and my work will be selected. If so, I will be painting some of these on a very large-scale to face off to the street, through a window.

Several of these are done on painted paper, that was relatively difficult to use, as it had no texture to grab onto the pastels. The others done using a textured watercolor paper, with an array of pastel colors.

Back to the studio today to do more. Will share again, as things develop.