Originally, I had a different plan for this painting. I found this fossil in a quarry in Sylvania Ohio when I was 14. The fossil is 300 million years old, give or take a 50 million years. The fossil is surprisingly heavy being comprised of mostly pyrite (fools gold). It feels much more like a piece of cast iron in your hand than a stone. It’s about 3 inches across and even though I had drawn the fossil before, simply working in a larger scale of a 30″ x 30″ canvas forced me to consider the symmetry of the odd shape in a new way. While the oil sketch was setting up a bit, I took a break. When I was out, I came across some calla lilies and changed the direction of the painting that afternoon.
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The fossil is substantial with age beyond comprehension. The lily by contrast is freshly cut, delicate and already beginning to wilt, and yet there is a commonality of shape and form separated by millions of years.See the work