Monday, July 20, 2009

Cracked Shell


Oil on 1/8" Gessoboard. Approx 6"x6" SOLD

The whole time I was painting this I kept thinking about an artist's blog that I always visit. Jeremy Geddes. He paints cosmonauts and these reminded me of the helmets. Check this guy out. His work is deliciously morbid and super realistic. I love it.

15 comments:

Faith Te said...

Funny, was just painting eggs yesterday and the day before. Seeing this, I notice how awful mine are! I plan to do at least two more egg paintings in the next few days so this is really very inspiring.

Paul said...

Lovely simple composition and colouring and, as always, I love your brushwork :-)

Shirley Peters said...

Love the black!

Wodjo said...

Nice little painting!

rahina qh said...

i was cracking eggs yesterday trying to set up a new composition with the egg shells. seeing this is a delight and i'm glad i didn't attempt my eggy painting:) i'll rethink it now.

Steve said...

Very nice! Interested to know, was this painted out of a black bgd? And thanks for the heads up on Jeremy Geddes – great stuff!

April Jarocka said...

Sometimes the simplest of subjects make the best paintings...what more to say?

Michael Lynn Adams said...

You just keep getting better and better.

LSaeta said...

Simply stunnung. As usual.

Honor Martinez said...

Fantastic painting. What type of surface do you use to get the reflection so well and yet be black? Thanks for sharing as it inspires me.

Michael Naples said...

Thanks everyone!

Steve - Like most of my paintings, the board was primed with about a 50% gray acrylic. So I applied the darks and lights on top of that.

Honor - The shell is sitting on a black granite counter. I opted to leave out the specs and flecks in the granite and focus on the shell itself.

Diane Morgan said...

I absolutely love this! Great piece

Anonymous said...

I am starting to become a cracked shell, with you using up all the eggs in the kitchen! Love your wife, Shell. :o)

Oh yeah, I do like this painting, so does L.

Michael Naples said...

You call it the kitchen, I call it the still life storage department :)

Dean Grey said...

Mike!

This is another one of those paintings that looks simple but really isn't. A lot went into this piece.

I love the reflections of the eggshells on the countertop. Soft and subtle. They disappear like they should!

Nice touch on the eggshell tipped right side up. The sharp pointy edges look like they could prick your finger at any moment.

Great job here!

-Dean