Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Sea Shell Study #2

Since I have few more of these little wood blocks I thought I'd do another Sea Shell Study.  Again it's on a 3.5" x 3.5" x 3/4" block.

I used basically the same color palette, although in this one I saw that while looking at the shell there was a tad bit of green on the upper right hand part of the shell.  I thought of it as a little prize when I found it.  An unexpected surprise.

Each shell, even though they may look the same at first glance, has something a little different than the other.  I also liked this one to use as a prop because of the small chip in its other wise beautiful shell.

Sea Shell Study #2 - oil on wood 3.5" x 3.5" wood block

And then there were two.

I really like these small paintings displayed on the small wood easels.  A great way to show them off.  I was so excited to paint another shell study that I completely neglected to do some thumbnails before I started painting.  I think it really pays off for me to sketch before I start painting.


  1. well, it doesn't seem like you lost anything by not doing the sketch..this one is just as good as the first them both! I like how neutral they provide proof that there are many colors in grays :)

  2. Nancy, I thought I had posted a comment about these beautiful little paintings - but don't see it! Anyway - these are stunning - so lifelike - on first glance I thought you had applied a real shell to a piece of tile!!! Wow, your paintings are getting better and better - I'm very proud of you and your work!