More Lures & a Big Red Dot

Painting of Lure - (mother of pearl fishing lures) Marie Cameron 2014

Sometimes its hard to adequately describe why I’m attracted to things. Or maybe it isn’t. Perhaps I can speak ad infinitum  / ad nauseam about it ( hereby exhausting all my Latin) but the real question is will what seems seductive and symbolic and intriguing to me speak to anyone else in the same way? So here it is: the very idea of a lure is fascinating, the idea of a hook is skin crawlingly dangerous and graphically gorgeous. Red feathers that quiver and pretend to be something they’re not (i.e.: a tail fin) tickle my fancy. Mother of pearl – all rainbows and lusciousness. And that red dot – well that’s just asking for it. I thought it was added to represent the eye of a fish, but the more I read it seems to imitate blood (maybe that red feather does too). “Seeing red” seems to bring out the predatory impulse to strike at the weak! It looks like a target no matter how you parse it and besides, what artist doesn’t like to see a red dot?!  All I know is I want the paintings in this “shell field” series to hover over the themes of survival and gluttony of danger and desire, of abundance and scarcity. Wish me luck with that!

Painting of Lure - (detail brush) Marie Cameron 2014             Painting of Lure - (painting detail) Marie Cameron 2014             Painting of Lure - (seeing red) Marie Cameron 2014


Painting of Lure - (red brush) Marie Cameron 2014


Painting of Lure - (starting red) Marie Cameron 2014


Painting of Lure - (translucent overlay?) Marie Cameron 2014

Now I have to decide if I prefer the translucent red dot over a solid one.

Painting of Lure - (palette) Marie Cameron 2014


Painting of Lure - (red dot) Marie Cameron 2014

OK now for the real detail!


  1. Elizabeth Cameron says:

    I’m thinking….. you are quickly becoming the sea-queen artist of the exquisitely intricate “shell field” paintings featuring all their and your majesty. Your comments on this “field’s” finds & formations are inspired. Another VERY WELL DONE. BE

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