Blog of Shawn Pagels

Lullaby

lullabyprt1Lullaby, oil on panel.

A new work! I’ve been playing around with line and symmetry forms found in nature. I would normally add that this is a new direction for me, but experience has taught me that I rarely follow one track for very long. ūüôā

For those interested in technique, I blocked the entire painting in with oil. Paint was later applied with either a palette knife or brush. Hand made stencils were used for some of the geometric forms, and generous amounts of scraffito (scratching through top surface of paint to reveal another layer) were used to support the curvilinear structure of the forms.

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Nature inspired visual language

As some of you know, I have been slowly¬† transitioning towards an “abstract” style of painting. Along the way, I have¬†tried many sources for my inspiration. As a whole though,¬†creating works that might resemble a relic or a sacred¬†icon (though mostly arbitrary in execution) sprinkled with lots of goof humor, has been¬†my¬†catalyst,¬†and along the way I have discovered I love playing with curvilinear forms, circles and color.

More recently, I have incorporated forms found in nature, dandelions and other spikey weeds, into my shapes I create in my art.

In my latest work, “Dandelion Lady” I give the status of Dandelion a much over due place of reverence. I love the curvilinear symmetry of dandelion leaves and the stages at which the dandelion flowers and then spreads it’s floating starters in the air.

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Little Bo Peep

Illustration is very challenging and exciting. When I was younger, I thought that one could start an art career by illustrating children’s books and gradually work your way to the fine art-gallery world. Alas, this is not true. In fact, for me the opposite is true.

I have had a pretty good go at the gallery scene, but I would still love to get my art in books. That is why I still produce illustrations on a regular basis, in hopes that one day soon I will once again get up the nerve to attempt getting published. That would be awesome!

Here are a few illustrations I made for the “Little Bo Peep.” nursary rhyme. To see more illustrations, click on the lower illustration gallery on the right.

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Spring Water, oil on canvas – 40″ x 30″

“Spring Water”¬†was finished up in time for International Woman’s Day. Using a few doodles as my launching point, this painting was¬†created¬†with a very relaxed and spontaneous spirit. Relying on the preconceived structure of the composition, that was based on my initial sketch,¬†allowed me to paint freely and reactionary without having to worry much about the cohesiveness of the completed painting. When you are at least 80% sure the painting is going to work, the rest of your mind is free to explore and experiment with color, adding the emotional flavor needed to make the work relatable and relative to the human experience.

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Early Spring

I finally painted an early spring inspired work.¬†I made¬†this with one of my favorite methods of painting-Palette Knife! I would say 95% of this painting is done with a knife. In order to achieve the inlay effect with the lines, I work the smaller areas first. Working with the knife insures a very¬†impasto look. The technique, in my opinion, is a fantastic way to make colors glow and the added surface texture is icing on the cake…or canvas. ūüôā

“Early Spring” oil on panel, 20″ x 31″ (approx.)

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Aquarius-always a mystic

I really can’t help myself sometimes with all this mystical subject matter. I am very attracted to it. I find the constellations to be a delightful combination of science and mythology. At anytime of the year, you can count on these dazzling shapes to appear just as predicted. They mark time and organize the galaxy. With our stories, they are the only things ¬†we’ve¬†shared our humanity with.

“Aquarius” acrylic on panel, 10″ x 10″

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