work in progress
by Liana Yarckin
I am working on this abstraction of a conch shell using a fracturing technique. I have been wanting to create paintings of these conch shells that my husband and sons picked from the ocean floor a few years ago. They are giant and heavy, but, it reminds me of the conch shell my grandparents had in their home long ago in which they used as a door stop. I was just a toddler and my aunt and grandparents would hold it to my ear and tell me, "if you hold this to your ear, you can hear the ocean." I think they would even say that, "so even if you are not at the ocean, with this shell, you can always hear the ocean." Unless that is something I have made up now as an adult.
I decided to do this abstraction for several reasons. One, I wanted to capture or remind the viewer of the clear blue moving water in which the shell was found. Two, isn't their a famous conch shell painting? Just of the conch shell in the middle of the page. I googled it, but, could not find it. If you know which painting I am talking about, please let me know.
About the technique, first I drew the shell using mine as a model. Then I used one of Pat Kochan's templates to create the abstract pattern over the shell. She has several templates to chose from, but, when I saw this one, it felt right. I feel like it echoes both shell and moving water. We will see where this goes. So far it has been both fun and challenging to paint.
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