Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Painting more shells

I've really been enjoying painting more of the small shell studies I started earlier this spring. 

Each shell I find on the beach has the potential to become the subject for a small wood block shell
painting.  I started out just painting the half shells that I would find, but, now I have started painting the whole shell and they are a lot of fun to paint.

The muscle shells are a particular favorite of mine and I'm not sure it its because of the intense blues or the lovely smooth shapes. 

Shell Study #11, 3.5" x 3.5", oil on wood, ©2012 Nancy Van Blaricom

Shell Study #16, #11, & #13,   3.5" x 3.5", oil on wood, ©2012 Nancy Van Blaricom

November, the week-end after Thanksgiving is our Annual Holiday House here on the Island and I'm planning on selling these little jewels at the bazaar this year.  I love having one main focus each year for this event. While these are small they are priced so people can afford to purchase an original fine art painting not only for themselves but to give as gifts.  They can be hung on the wall in groups or on an easel for a table top.  I think these will be a big hit.

Its been two months since I last posted on my blog....
What is the saying ... If You Want to Make God Laugh, Tell Him Your Plans?
Remember me telling you that I wanted to paint more plain air? do more sketching etc.  Read about my plans here.

Well, things just didn't work out as I planned ... My best friend who I had know since 3rd grade unexpectedly passed away.  We were in contact almost daily for the last 15 years.   It was a huge shock and I miss her tremendously.  

Then as if that wasn't enough my beloved 15 year old Casey passed away.  Still not enough???

Our daughter and her family who lived 3 hours away has now moved 3 days away.
All these events with-in the last two months. Uncle, I give.  No more plans for me.
One day at a time only.

Our beloved Casey
4-23-1997  -  9-2-2012


  1. Welcome back, Nancy! Your shell studies are wonderful. It's good to see you posting again; you've been missed.

  2. How terrible, these tragic events and your daughter moving further away too. You can take comfort in your memories I hope and each day will help you move forward.

    The shells are so appealing and I'm sure will be a hit. Little paintings like these do tend to be popular, I wish you every success with their sales.

  3. Painting is so therapeutic and I hope it helped you survive the challenges of the summer. I am so sorry for the loss of your dearest friend and feline companion. So hard to deal with loss...family moving away is not easy either. Fall will bring better times I am sure.

    Love your shells and am anxious to see more! Welcome back.

  4. Yes, you were missed. Sorry to hear about your friend and kitty.

    Glad to see you back to work!

  5. Having gone through some profound changes myself in the past two years I can truly empathize. Allow yourself to remember always.And keep painting.

  6. It'so sad to hear about your friend and yournkitty, but thos things happen...
    Be brave!

  7. Hi Nancy, just catching up here and wanted to express my condolences for your best friend (person) and best friend (kitty). These losses are tough on us! I hope you are doing ok and just know I am sending up positive thoughts for you!

  8. Anonymous9:07 AM

    I join Celeste and send you all my positive thoughts to you, hoping you are doing well.