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.
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.
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.
These orchids were done in the late afternoon under mellow diffused natural light using mixed media of a water-based and oil-based painting and drawing material. I’m growing fond of diagonal compositions, triangles and motion.
This piece felt like a breakthrough. I loved the sun coming through the window in a diffused manner and found the composition and color to work out using pastels.
This is the first study of a bouquet of flowers given to me by my son Liam for Mother’s Day. It uses vine charcoal on white paper. I usually like to focus on a particularly small aspect of a still life so this full scaled composition felt monumental!