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Jun 11, 2007 4 Comments

mustard II, 4×6in, acrylic

**If you're in providence tonight, we're a part of Share Our Strength's A Tasteful Pursuit dinner series – we've donated these 3 images to help raise money to end childhood hunger. Click here for the lowdown.


the mustard jar study above was equal parts availabilty (never thought i had a mustard fetish, but we seem to have 5 or 6 diff. kinds in the pantry) and curiosity – i wanted to see how i'd progressed since i painted this study last fall.

i resisted temptation to look the earlier one up and left it to my eye to rediscover. on the technical side, i'm using bigger brushes & less medium. combined with the 130ish other studies i've made, the result seems to be that i'm simplifying colors, getting a better feeling of air in the picture, and have a softer hand. more 'revisits' to come-

**2 more PSAs: Lydia Walshin's the Perfect Pantry blog is terrific resource for cooks of any level and is currently being feted as typepad's blog-o-the-week. you'll wonder why you hadn't stopped by sooner.


it's late, and i'm loopy enough to offer this mustard-tangent PSA: if you're ever in napa valley, mustard's grill is wonderful. crispy calamari with curried slaw to die for.


Lydia    Jun 11, 2007  at  11:27 pm

Shawn, thanks for the shout-out! Hope tonight’s Share Our Strength benefit is a great success — their Operation Frontline nutrition education program is a program I really admire. Thank you for your generous contribution of artwork to help the cause.

shawn    Jun 12, 2007  at  5:44 pm

thanks, lydia – i’d like to think that the artwork is helping make a difference, even a small one. congrats again on your first year!

derek    Jun 12, 2007  at  6:34 pm

great stuff – love the richness of form – lotsa play and exploration tied in at just the right moments to keep it all together.

shawn    Jul 09, 2007  at  8:41 pm

thx d – sounds like something i’d say ; )







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