By the third day of painting my precious seashell ornaments, I found that it was important for me to simplify my patterns much as my solitude at Sanibel had simplified my existence. I scattered red-orange shells around the canvas complementing the pattern with shells in blue and green hues. These colors really set the mood - and movement - for the painting. As is often wont in my work, I created atmosphere and negative space in my painting by pushing down or blurring the values of the other shells - only minimally suggesting them, really. For me, this created a piece of visual poetry which mirrored the peace and serenity I experienced on this trip.
Shell Impression III
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