Shell Shapes – Naomi Brotherton
Matted 20 x 26
Framed 31 x 41
Oh, there it was… my next subject, a beautiful potted begonia plant begging to be painted. My studio partner had brought it for his class to arrange on a small table but he had left it on the floor. I liked the unusual concept of looking down on it like a map.
So I started painting on the nearest watercolor paper without much thought about the placement on the rectangle. The color was working well, so I laid another paper next to it so as to include the other objects on the floor. The long stems of the lotus pods helped establish the floor concept.
This became a diptych. The two paintings could be framed separately, each signed by the artist, and hung side by side, or framed together as shown. Together they make a unique design.
14 x 18
Anywhere we look we can find abstract patterns, and this is particularly found in leaf forms. Selecting a color scheme, not necessarily in nature’s colors, gives one the freedom of partial abstraction and strong contrast of values. This subject can fit into any venue.