“Tales from the Sea”

Tales from the Sea 8x10

This week’s featured artwork is a new still life painting with an arrangement that included books and nautical elements. “My original inspiration for this piece came from my admiration of nautical stories and the shells that I have collected over the years.”

The theme was a new concept, one that required several adjustments. Once the flow of the arrangement was found, the sketch of the painting began. “With this composition, I stacked the main pieces into a pyramid configuration, and allowed the driftwood and curves of the fabric design to add some soft lines. I started the first stage of the painting by sketching in the books, glass float and hints of the shells. I then built up layers of paint to convey the unique textures of the pieces. I used the highlights to show the movement of the natural light travel through the piece ”

Here is a slideshow of the full progress:

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Stephanie K. Johnson


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