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.
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!
I wanted to explain the piece that is currently serving as my avatar, pictured here. This is a diptych, oil on canvas, done from direct observation over a period of several weeks. The thick painterly painting employs many different art techniques, including impasto, thus it is very layered. I used both oil painting stiff brushes and a variety of palette knives, with lots of impasto mediums added to build up the surfaces.
This painting is called “Into the Soul” and it has a creepy way of looking at you as directly as you look at it. It is an expressive process painting.
Birds do their nesting in the spring. This Bird has decided to build herself a new nest, right here and now, wherein she shares her art with you. I’m hoping you’ll stop in frequently to check out how things are growing and developing with my art in the studio and art career.