Shown above: Exposed, mixed media on canvas, 20 in x 20 in x 1.5 in
I created this piece for a show whose theme was "Reflection." I was intrigued with the idea of showing how colors change under the "spotlight." It took me a long time to get all the colors the way I wanted them. I also experimented with values, heightening them in the channel of light and deepening them in the "darkness."
Shown above: New York City Cthulhu, mixed media on panel, 20 in x 20 in x 1.5 in.
This painting is the second work of my Cthulhu series (the first was Victoria Cthulhu; see Archive). These paintings are my take on cities with the added element of Cthulhu, the monstrous invention of the horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. The message in these works is that while the life of the city goes on, the strings are actually being pulled by this slumbering monster.
Cthulhu was the central creature in Lovecraft's short story "The Call of Cthulhu," first published in 1928 in the pulp magazine Weird Tales. Cthulhu slumbers in R'lyeh, an ancient underwater city in the South Pacific, waiting for the day the waters recede and he can reclaim his malevolent power.
Shown above: Butterfly, Dragonfly, Scallop, Sea Turtle, Seagull, acrylic on canvas, each 11 in x 14 in.
Recently a gallery I'm associated with announced an exhibition of art for children. My initial response was that I didn't have anything. I've never created art with kids in mind. Besides, my style doesn't lend itself to children's art.
On second thought, I decided to give it a go. I would try to keep to my style, but select subject matter appealing to kids. The result is this five-painting set of stylized creatures. My hope is that the colors are bright and fun and appealing to children even though they are not the expected primaries we always see in this art.
Shown above: Evan Stuart Marshall, Into the Sunlight, mixed media on canvas, 20 in x 20 in.
Just finished this piece entitled Into the Sunlight. It will go into the Livingston (NJ) Arts Association's Annual Spring Members' Show.
This piece is part of my new series, Outlines.
Shown above: Evan Stuart Marshall, Available Light, mixed media and cold wax on panel, 8 in x 8 in.
Sometimes people say to me, "I have no space left in my house for art." My response; "Wanna bet?" If you sometimes feel you would like to have more art in your home but don't know where to put it, consider these ideas.
1. Who says you can't put a painting in the bathroom? You just need to take the humidity into account. Mold loves paper-based and wood products, so don't hang paper art. Canvas prints, rather than original canvas art, is a smart idea because they have a moisture-resistant coating. Also consider a metal print. Other ideas: artwork made from non-paper products, such as decorative tiles, plates and masks with a protective coating.
2. Consider transitional spaces. Walk through your home and take a new look at those in-between places such as hallways, entrances to your home, nooks formed by closets or built-ins, even spaces above doorways! Hanging art in these spaces gives everyone fresh new places to look and also pulls the spaces into the design of your home as a whole.
3. Shelf it. Don't forget horizontal surfaces such as bookshelves, mantels, side tables and wide windowsills. Work art in with other objects such as knickknacks, flowers, seashells, books, boxes and clocks.
4. Take the stairs! So many stairway walls lie wasted. Consider these spaces for collections of pieces. To unify them, put them all in the same frame.
Once you start thinking this way, you're sure to come up with more places you never thought of for art!
I'm Evan Stuart Marshall, an abstract painter living and working in Roseland, NJ. I love working art into my daily life.