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Sundown over emergent prairie.

Sundown over emergent prairie #1.  Christopher Shoup.  2014. Sundown over emergent prairie #2.  Christopher Shoup.  2014. Sundown over emergent prairie #3.  Christopher Shoup.  2014. Sundown over emergent prairie #4.  Christopher Shoup.  2014. Sundown over emergent prairie #5.  Christopher Shoup.  2014. Sundown over emergent prairie #6.  Christopher Shoup.  2014.

This series of 6 constitutes my first serious work with the setting sun.  Each tessellation begins from photographs shot through my Canon AE1 35 mm at a prairie preserve in Bradley, Illinois.  Exceptional prints of this work available at: www.christophershoup.zenfolio.com.

The Industrial Revolution #1

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This is #1 of three in this series.  Latex and fine black ink on oak panel, 24 x 24 inches.  Shot 7/21/2014 in Kankakee County, Illinois.

 

Smoke on composite board

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I stored paint in my garage this past winter.  Preparing to use the paint for actual pieces, I started sketching with it on this surface and over a few days came up with these color combinations.

Early wall piece draft

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A future wall piece – two stories tall and reliant upon this two point perspective.  To be continually refined prior to undertaking it for real.

 

Primary draft with prismacolor markers

It’s my goal to post my work again.  This is a primary draft of a piece (inspired by my past year teaching environmental science).  I’ve worked out a far superior final draft.

Early piece found in files

Salina Storybook PhotoArtwork of this creek, displayed on a post in the creek.  From 2004.  “Horse Creek / Salina Township.”

9 skulls and 9 ebony bars.

32 inches by 38 inches.  Graphite pencil on hardboard.  Chrome mounting post, Masonite, hand-framed in walnut.

32 inches by 38 inches. Graphite pencil on hardboard. Chrome mounting posts, Masonite, hand-framed in walnut.

Amanda transferred jobs and became her high school’s art teacher. Around our house this past summer were art books, how-to-art books, art primers and other new art materials. I started to pick up the books, and then in my journal started to draw (again), and finally this past December I bought a nice set of graphite pencils. I’m inspired to work out many new ideas through drawing. 9 skulls and 9 ebony bars will be shown in a pop-up art gallery hosted by Paper Street Gallery in the city of Kankakee, Illinois on January 18.