• mixed-media acrylic painting with photo collage on canvas, 6 x 6

    People on the Beach
    As an avid beachcomber and people watcher, I find parallels between the shells and the people on the beach. I pick up a shell and observe cracks, chips, holes and colorations, and various markings.  Sometimes the shells have lace-like patterns of grooves and lines on their surfaces.  Sometimes they are broken pieces with edges warn smooth.  The variations are endless, and yet I can usually tell, even from a fragment, that it comes from a particular species.  So clams are clams, scallops are scallops and muscles are muscles.  Collectively, they are all shells, but I cannot know their individual journey.  Each shell has traveled in the ocean and on the beach and I have no way of knowing where the shell has been and how long it has been on its journey.  Each shell is unique and a mystery.

    People on the beach represent a variety of racial and ethnic origins, genders and ages. The activities of people on the beach repeat themselves over and over again with variations of human activity -- playing, reading, digging, swimming, fishing, talking, eating, watching, sleeping, schlepping, walking, and putting sun tan lotion on their bodies.  They do the things that people do as a species.  But individually, each person has their own journey in life, their outlook, their creativity, their problems and feelings.  Collectively, they are a species like the shells are a species, but like the shells each person has their own journey.  And what that journey is, remains a mystery.

    The paintings of this evolving body of new artwork are an expression of my enjoyment and observation of the treasures of the beach - both the shells and the people.  I feel that there are several insights to share.  It is important to make time in our lives to relax, to play and to spend time by ourselves and with other people in a natural setting.  This “time out” helps to renew our energy, enhances our wellbeing, and refreshes our creativity.  The shells and people on the beach also serve as a reminder that although we have individual journeys, we are all interconnected, within the family of our species, and as part of the universal creation.   

    Media: The paintings in this series are mixed media acrylic paintings.  The people on the beach paintings combine collage elements from photos that I have taken with painted elements and sand mixed with acrylic paint.  I also paint on top of some of the photo collage to unify the surface.  I feel that working with mixed media and collage on the canvas metaphors the textures and varied surfaces of the beach.

    A Good Beach Day by Marian Osher ©2012
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    Sand Songs by Marian Osher ©2012
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  • People on the Beach

    As an avid beachcomber and people watcher, I find parallels between the shells and the people on the beach. I pick up a shell and observe cracks, chips, holes and colorations, and various markings.  Sometimes the shells have lace-like patterns of grooves and lines on their surfaces.  Sometimes they are broken pieces with edges warn smooth.  The variations are endless, and yet I can usually tell, even from a fragment, that it comes from a particular species.  So clams are clams, scallops are scallops and muscles are muscles.  Collectively, they are all shells, but I cannot know their individual journey.  Each shell has traveled in the ocean and on the beach and I have no way of knowing where the shell has been and how long it has been on its journey.  Each shell is unique and a mystery.

    People on the beach represent a variety of racial and ethnic origins, genders and ages. The activities of people on the beach repeat themselves over and over again with variations of human activity -- playing, reading, digging, swimming, fishing, talking, eating, watching, sleeping, schlepping, walking, and putting sun tan lotion on their bodies.  They do the things that people do as a species.  But individually, each person has their own journey in life, their outlook, their creativity, their problems and feelings.  Collectively, they are a species like the shells are a species, but like the shells each person has their own journey.  And what that journey is, remains a mystery.

    The paintings of this evolving body of new artwork are an expression of my enjoyment and observation of the treasures of the beach - both the shells and the people.  I feel that there are several insights to share.  It is important to make time in our lives to relax, to play and to spend time by ourselves and with other people in a natural setting.  This “time out” helps to renew our energy, enhances our wellbeing, and refreshes our creativity.  The shells and people on the beach also serve as a reminder that although we have individual journeys, we are all interconnected, within the family of our species, and as part of the universal creation.  

    Media: The paintings in this series are mixed media acrylic paintings.  The people on the beach paintings combine collage elements from photos that I have taken with painted elements and sand mixed with acrylic paint.  I also paint on top of some of the photo collage to unify the surface.  I feel that working with mixed media and collage on the canvas metaphors the textures and varied surfaces of the beach. 

    Artist's Statement About People on the Beach by Marian Osher ©2012
    657,681
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