I collected a few shells on a recent visit to The Thames Estuary, intending to do something vaguely artistic with them. For the past few weeks I’ve been absentmindedly picking them up, turning them over and over in my hands, and putting them back down again.
Last night I took a few brushes, some gold leaf and gilding paste, and did this.
I love how the gold leaf appears to flow over the shell contours, and how it doggedly refuses to stick to the entire surface.
This might be the first in a series of modified found objects, we’ll see.
A simple design. Regular visitors to the blog will recognise the various elements which make up this image. I enjoy blending watercolour from one shade to another, it works really well as a background for a strong design. Th leaf is a shape I regularly doodle, and the gold leaf, whilst being a pain to work with, is one of my favourite materials to look at. Once everything was dry, I sprayed a coat of varnish on top to protect the metal.
This design sold very quickly, and I’ve already been asked to make another. I may well add that second one to the blog post once it is complete.
My friend Callum Saunders shared a reminder on Facebook that today marks the start of the Autumn Equinox. His post spurred me to action and I made an abstract landscape work using a background of green and yellow, overlaid with more autumnal colours of orange and gold.
The more I looked, the less finished it appeared, so I added another note to reflect the harvest. I kinda like the way the wheat is leaning toward the setting sun. This will be the next free art drop.