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Murex
22" x 30"
Watercolor
$  1,200.00
Workshop Demonstration
Diane Ackerman wrote, "Both science and art have a habit of waking us up, turning on all the lights, grabbing us by the collar and saying 'Would you please pay attention!' " I carefully watched the wind and water recreating the beach knowing the details of form and movement cannot be seen otherwise. An empty shell, its contents devoured by predatory sea-creatures -- dinner partners one and all, gripped the sand rivulets like a candy-pink, silk glove. Life's experiences influence a painter's approach. Holding this murex shell to feel its bulges and indentions helps my students discover it's life and central nature before starting to paint. What we see, touch, hear, smell, and taste tells us about our subject. In this demonstration, I began by wetting the entire paper with clear water. I brushed the blues into the background in swaths of finger-like strokes. The strokes repeat the spiny shapes of the shell's outer edges. I allowed the paint to run and move to catch the shell in swirls of ultramarine blue water. To show the complexity and volume of the shell, I sculpted each small, bulbous section separately, painting the edges in a darker value.