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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Exploring Sea Creatures

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.

Ode to Spring Exhibition

Classic Cinema Annex Gallery

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 😉

Wall of Blackberry

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.

Nature Painting Event Invitation

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.