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A Pink Pearl For The Girl
Oyster Oil Painting on Canvass, "A Pink Pearl For The Girl", 5x7, by Mercedes Franklin. For Sale.

I had painted this actual canvass earlier but the colors I used just did not work. The canvass sat around for awhile till I started experimenting with color again. After 2 more try's I landed on these colors. Much happier & it feels waterish y... just where an oyster should be!

$200.00
Delicacies Await
Oyster Oil Painting on Canvass, "Delicacies Await", 8x10, by Mercedes Franklin. Private Collection.

As you probably know Oysters are some of my favorite things. They are like the sparrow in a coal mine in regards to the health of the marsh lands & bay waters that surround them.

These paintings have become my lab for experimentation with colors. The neutral hues of the Oyster lends itself to be wrapped in all shades! I used brushes, palette knife & oil pastilles on this canvass. Enjoyed every minute of it!

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Oysters, Shrimp & Citrus
Oysters Oil Painting on Canvass, "Oysters, Shrimp & Citrus", 14x18, by Mercedes Franklin. Private Collection

A Gallery requested an "Old World Oyster Painting" as this is her most favorite time of such artwork. Here is my interpretation of her request. It was good though frustrating since I had a plan before the start from which I did not want to veer. Whereas most of my work I build on what I have previously done so the out come is not really known. I can say I am happy with how this painting finished. And the Gallery likes it too!!!

I am also happy to say this painting, along with "Loving", has been accepted to the 54th Bay Annual Juried Art Show running through April 14th 2017.

Delicious
Oyster Oil Painting On Canvass, "Delicious", 5x7, by Mercedes Franklin. For Sale, The Studio Gallery, Grayton Bch,FL 850.231.3331, $200 w/Frame.

When I buy oysters I get to look through the bags to pick out the most unusual shells I can find. This lovely shell has been one of my favorites. The inside was plump & delicious. The outside has lines only nature can create. I am honored to represent the beauty of this Bivalve Mollusca!

$200.00
Give Me Light
Oyster Oil Painting on Canvass, "Give Me Light", 5x7, by Mercedes Franklin. Private Collection

These Bivalve Molluscas live in the waters most their lives wet. So I'm thinking once & awhile they would enjoy the warm light of the sun & a short time to dry out. Not too long!!! But long enough to feel the air.

Naked Joy
Oyster Oil Painting On Canvass, "Naked Joy", 5x7, by Mercedes Franklin. Private Collection.

This painting was sheer "joy" to do. It came out of me through my brush onto the canvass so easily. When it was finished I felt great. And what a shell! One of the best I have.

One Dozen with Fries
Oysters, Oil Painting on Canvass, "One Dozen With Fries", 12x16, by Mercedes Franklin, For Sale $495.

Going out to eat oysters with people is always a great time. Good friends, good food, good conversation. I chose these colors to represent "enjoyable encounters". I hope you feel the same. This painting was featured in the "Beaches of South Walton & Scenic 30A" magazine 2015 Vol. 12.

$495.00
Rambling Oysters, Orchids & Friends
Oysters Oil Painting on Canvass, "Rambling Oysters, Orchids & Friends", 11x14, by Mercedes Franklin, For Sale $395.

I wanted to paint oysters in a different setting with a different feel. Here it is!!!

$395.00
Mixed Emotions
Oil Painting On Canvass, Oyster, "Mixed Emotions", 5"x7", by Mercedes Franklin. Private Collection.

When I first laid out the paint on the canvass I had some beautiful red, orange & purple strokes. The painting came together in another way than I had planned but the lovely colors were right there in the midst of the oyster meat. I couldn't let go so I left them & have thoroughly enjoyed the view ever since!

Pleasantly Plump
Oyster Oil Painting on Canvass, "Pleasantly Plump", 5"x7", by Mercedes Franklin. Private Collection.

Each oyster has their own thing going on. This one, out of a dz, looked "pleasantly plum" & ready to eat.

Sweet Heart
Oyster Oil Painting on Canvass, "Sweet Heart", 5"x7", by Mercedes Franklin. Private Collection.

Red is my favorite color. So I had to paint an oyster w/this hue. It is my duty to this fabulous color that "Goes With Everything". This painting is my very own Sweet Heart!

I'm Ready
Oil Painting On Canvass, Oyster, "I'm Ready", 5"x7", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

I set up this oyster shell so I would see the side of it. When I stepped back it would roll over as to say now "I'm Ready" The lovely little mollusca had it's way. He stayed put the rest of the painting.

Pretty Boy
Oil Painting, Oyster, "Pretty Boy", 5"x7", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Laid Back
Oil Painting On Canvass, Oyster, "Laid Back", 5'x7", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection

I was thinking about the oysters in the wet muddy bottoms. Their beauty really can't be seen. Imagine a glass bed. A showcase for their beauty. Here is my rendition.

White Oysters
Oil Painting, Oysters, White Oysters, 9"x12", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Oyster shells fascinate me. No 2 alike. Sizes & shapes never ending. Not to mention colors. This group caught my eye. The shimmering colors are breath taking. They called out to be viewed by all. I hope I did them justice.

Basking In The Rays
Oil Painting on cavass, Oyter, Basking In The Rays, 5"x7", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Black Pearl
Oil Painting, Oyster, Black Pearl, 5"x7", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Golden Pearl
Oil Painting On Canvass, Oyster, "Golden Pearl", 5"x7", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

For those of you unaware... I design a line of jewelry also. I believe that pearls should be a part of every girls jewelry collection. Each strand has a unique color & is looking for the perfect skin tone to accent. Enjoy your search. As for this painting, some of my favorite places are in the background. I like it when the entire painting takes your eyes for journey.

Floating
Oil Painting On Canvass, Oyster, "Floating", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

The summer has been hot. And I have been dreaming of the cool waters in the gulf. That is all it took. This is me floating and dreaming.

Hello
Oil Painting On Canvass, Oyster, "Hello", 5"x7, by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Some days are good for painting. This was one of them. I had a clear vision. The color values came quickly. And Voile'. It was done & am happy.

Under The Sea
Oil painting, Oyster, Under The Sea, 5'x7", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Slumbering Pearl
Oil Painting, Oyster, Slumbering Pearl,5"x7", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Yellow oysters
Oil Painting, Oysters, Yellow Oysters, 14"x18", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Velvet
Oil Painting, Oyster, Velvet, 5"x7", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Turquoise Oysters
Oil Painting, Oysters, Turquoise Oysters, 12"x16", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Showing off
Oil Painting, Oyster, "Showing Off", 5"x7", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Ready To Eat
Oil Painting, Oysters, Ready To Eat, 9"x12", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Out To Lunch
Oil Painting, Oyster, Out To Lunch, 5"x7", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

Oysters With Lemons
Oil Painting On Canvass, Oysters, "Oysters With Lemons", 11"x14", by Mercedes Franklin, Private Collection.

A Pink Pearl For The Girl
Oyster Oil Painting on Canvass, "A Pink Pearl For The Girl", 5x7, by Mercedes Franklin. For Sale.

I had painted this actual canvass earlier but the colors I used just did not work. The canvass sat around for awhile till I started experimenting with color again. After 2 more try's I landed on these colors. Much happier & it feels waterish y... just where an oyster should be!

$200.00