Shown above: Expressions, mixed media on canvas, 20 in x 20 in x 1.5 in
This painting was an experiment. First, I wanted to feature one of my favorite color combinations: orange and pink. Second, I wanted to experiment with using a Sharpie extensively in a piece.
I quickly learned that the bright pinks and oranges would have been too much on their own, so I added a number of neutrals to offset the brightness. I worked at keeping the various colors and shapes balanced over the entire piece. I also made sure not to use a ruler to make the various squares and rectangles. I love the "humanness" of drawing freehand. It gives a piece a personal feeling, I think.
Show above: City Beneath the Sea, Grassy Slope, Rocky Shore, Sentries, Twilight Village, Yesterday, On Edge, Subways, United States
I'd never really thought about postcard art until I got a prospectus from Studio Montclair two years ago about an upcoming fundraiser show. Every member of the organization was encouraged to contribute three postcard size pieces of art. Any medium, any style—"If we can hang it, you can send it."
To me, this was a fun, bite-size challenge! Creating these miniatures felt fresh and freeing. I felt as if I were back in elementary school art class, doing crafts. Studio Montclair would be charging $35 per postcard piece. A wonderful way, I realized, for art lovers to start or add to an art collection without breaking the bank.
Above are the nine postcards I've created for the past three shows. I will definitely be participating in this show in years to come, and I am seriously considering creating postcard art to offer to my collectors.
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: 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.
I'm Evan Stuart Marshall, an abstract painter living and working in Roseland, NJ. I love working art into my daily life.