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.
So far, I’ve been investigating flora of spring 2016, all in black and white–and loving it! I like exploring linear form and feel connected, as well as inspired by, some of Picasso’s black and white work, as well as Japanese ink and brush painting, and the work of Henri Matisse. I’m hoping next week, to start working in color, as I’ve cut some fresh daffodils from the garden, and they’re begging for yellow!
In this mini-series of work, I was fondly recalling my travels in Japan, being hit by a stunning visual array of communications I admired but couldn’t decipher. Further, I was recalling the ways my colleague at the Art Institute helped my students learn about using a brush and ink to create calligraphy.
These paintings were done with bamboo brush and sumi-ink on an absorbent mixed media paper. The work utilizes intuition, spontaneity and the Law of the Universe in its execution.
Here’s a sneak peak of my new exhibition, that I just mounted yesterday with the help of my daughter Olivia. I call it “Ode to Spring.” The paintings were done last spring and summer and they are warming to see in this cold weather.
They are exhibited locally. Our movie theatre, of all places, has started exhibiting artist’s works in an annex space.
Funny to see Angry Birds, the movie, advertised in front of the space where my paintings are showing, especially since my studio is called Love Bird Designs.
If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll stop by to see the work, even if it is coming or going to see a film 😉
Having fun with my magnifying light, “Wall of Blackberry” is a rendition of a gigantic blackberry that is magnified further, exploring shape and form. Will begin to get into more value and volume today and am looking forward to the outcome.
This blackberry study was the second in my new series. It features a pyramid composition, while exploring shape, form, value and tone.