Work in progress shot of new seashell pastel painting. Having decided to do a companion piece to “Sea of Textures”, I feel like I chose the most complex sea shell on the planet. It has so many more structures and markings that must be rendered properly so that it looks real. Some markings are difficult to render realistically because they are white and look like they were painted on the shell, but are natural. So I have to decide how to paint the markings without it looking artificial. Looks like this will take me a couple more days to finish.
A question often asked is “Do you listen to music when you paint?’. An artist once said “Paintings are like music, they are something to be felt.” I couldn’t agree more. A visual artist composes their work for the same purpose and effect as a musical composer does – to convey a truth, story and/or emotion for their audience.