I have been working on a series of still lives, drawn from oysters and clams. I’ve always enjoyed working from life, and drawing live creatures. The image above is the merging and abstraction of the interior of a single oyster shell. It is done entirely using chalk pastels, which I love, with an eraser used as well, as a drawing tool.
With a pancake breakfast in the woods and the opportunity to talk to over 50 Chicago area artists about their work-in-progress done on location, you can’t go wrong with this event if you’re interested in landscape painting.
I am finally getting somewhere with my floral theme and orchids in particular. Here is the first full painting that came as a result of the series of small scale mixed media works on paper. I’m quite surprised by how sculptural it turned out because the mixed media works rely more on line quality, shape and color. This piece is oil on canvas, done with impasto technique, featuring an emphasis on negative and positive relationships and textural study.
Capturing the excitement and delight in morning light and its effects on tulips, as only a morning lover might do–this is the intended goal of “Early Morning Tulips.”
This painting was done in multiple sittings, capturing a sun-drenched natural light. The flowers are directly rendered from life and show various stages of the life cycle of my daisies in the front garden.
I vividly remember the day I did this painting. It was hot and humid. White moths and butterflies flew about–even bumble bees had a visit. Some of these bugs stuck to me but I kept painting. This painting is a la prima, meaning it was done in one setting. It is also en plein air, (done outdoors on location).
This is a sketch of Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, CA in the Afternoon, done on location with birds flying overhead.