Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Work In Progress Detail: Mussel Shells

Using mussel shells in a still life with blue lusterware has been in the back of my mind for quite a while. I thought that white linen would be a good backdrop for them, and it probably would be... but these old, rough-sawn boards happened to be nearby when I chose an east window as my light source, so I lined them up as a tabletop and immediately liked what I saw. The colors are just complimentary enough, the wood grain shapes just similar enough to the shells, and the texture just varied enough from the other subjects to lend a comfortable beauty to the setting.

Sharing this detail of my work-in-progress gives me incentive to keep working, through muggy weather and summer activities, and get this done! Look for the entire, finished piece to be posted soon.


Katherine Thomas said...

This is exquisite! Thank you for sharing the details about your composition. That helps me so much!

Kendra said...

What a wonderful piece! Predominantly cool in temperature. Love the blues and violets and different textures.

Teresa Mallen said...

Like Kendra I like the colours and textures. Fabulous composition - I especially like the direction of the 'lines' between the boards and the reflections of the shells.

I still am not quite 100% about California but I am checking out would be great to meet you in person!!!

Oh and I love the crystal bowls in the previous piece and wow - your background - your work vibrates with energy, love your use of colour and your stroke technique. Just a gushing fan really... :-)

Liz P said...

Katherine, thank you! Putting these still life pieces together is full of surprises. The composition creates itself, as the elements get moved around into different positions. Hopefully, I recognize a good one before I go and rearrange it again!

Kendra, thanks so much! I could work work in shades of blue forever!

Hi Theresa, and thank you! I find myself blushing and looking for something to duck behind! :~)
Really hope to see you in California!

m said...

Found your Musssel Shell painting today. Very nice. I spend a lot of time in Blue Hill and collect mussel shells, make things with them etc. Do you sell cards or anything with your images? Would love a photo or image of this. m(at)

Liz P said...

Thank you, m! (I have sent you an email.)
Blue Hill is one of the many beautiful places in Maine that I have never been, but it's on my list!