Intimacy. Part 2. Rework of Exercise 3; Mixed Media Still Life, Shells.

This is another rework of Exercise 3, mixed media Still Life. This time I wanted to explore just the one shell and decided enlarge the drawing.


So I gathered up my materials, I chose to work on a square shaped cardboard support, I added pieces of scrap papers, newspaper and some tissue. I liked the spotty paper as it gave the background some texture. Using acrylic paints, inks, white pen, charcoal, graphite sticks and pencils. I drew out the shell shape so it filled the square shape.


I really enjoyed this exercise, as it involved tearing and cutting papers, making marks using inks and a Rigger brush for the lines. Working larger has it’s challenges, such as making marks bigger and effective enough so they look like the textures on the shell, but keeping it expressive too. Underneath the painting is a lot of scribbling and dripping of inks, which can be seen at the bottom of the picture.

I don’t think it’s a perfect painting, but in terms of a change in composition and size is good. It made me think about scale and volume too. Plus I left some of the spotty paper showing through the background, which I hope has added interest to the work.

As a result I painted two more smaller shells, this time on canvas.


The grounds were created the same way as my square shell painting. But I used newspaper to ‘outline’ the shells, a way to get their shape rather that drawing them in charcoal. I also painted mostly with acrylic paint, but to get the textures and lines on the shell surface, I scraped the paint with the end of a brush. So I was drawing the lines which are naturally on the shell.  I wanted to express light and dark too. So, for the first shell painting I chose purple and yellow, which are complementary colours, using purple allowed the shadows to be expressed in a softer way. The second shell painting was mostly black, so I kept the background quite light. The shell seems to resonate on the canvas. Again I ‘drew’ the textures lines with the end of a paint brush. For both pictures I kept the spotty paper showing through.

I have also added a mixed media painting of a Hag Stone. Using papers, acrylic paint and acrylic pens made on a small canvas.

Hag Stone from Cromer beach, mixed media on canvas.




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