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Day 2 - Seashell on Gold SOLD

10" x 10" Oil and mixed media on panel

For the background, I collaged gold leaf and paper onto the wood panel support. The paper was wrapping for Buddhist burning papers I got in Chinatown last week: a soft, nubbly paper that has a wonderfully satisfying way of soaking up the brown finish so the gold leaf over it just glows.

Then I painted the seashell on top in oils. The white pearlescent seashell contrasts nicely with the warm reflective foil. In some places I rubbed the oil paint quite thin, so the foil shows though in some of the warm midtones.

Also: I signed up for a new online gallery just now, one that's been getting a lot of attention. Check out my portfolio on Saatchi Gallery.

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Reader Comments (2)

the gold of the background and the pearlescent of athe seashell looks awesome. it would make for a very nice earring. have you thought of designing jewelry? do you paint it as a reference to botticelli, the oil company or because you collect them when you travel to the mediterranean? max

October 17, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thank you Max! I'm not even sure where I got the shell, I have a collection of things to paint I've picked up over the years. No other political or artistic reference, I just like the look of it.

October 17, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterSadie Jernigan Valeri
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