Featuring the artwork of Kenneth Frizzell - Frizz-Art
 
I was about to begin one of my mussel shell paintings when I decided it might be interesting to take a few pics of the process. The process begins by hand picking mussel shells from the Tennessee River, choosing the largest and most colorful to paint on. After the shell is cleaned and dry, I come up with a general idea of what the final piece will look like. Since the shells are natural and come from the local waters, I usually go with a nature/wildlife scene. The colors of the water are the first thing to go on, followed by the distant river banks and the foreground. Then details such as trees and grass are added and highlights on the water to compliment them. When the background is pretty well worked out, I start on the main subject, in this case a wild turkey in full plumage. Turkeys are a challenge to paint because of all the feathers and subtle color changes. The final touch is mounting the piece on Tennessee River driftwood and sealing the whole thing with clear-coat. The clear acrylic makes the natural mother-of-pearl colors shine.  
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These one of a kind works of woks of art make wonderful Christmas gifts for the outdoorsman, nature lover or just about anyone. If interested, feel free to email me at kennethfrizzell@gmail.com and let me know what you would like painted. They go for $35 plus actual shipping. 

 
 
Well, I finished the book cover illustration. As usual, I've been so close to it for so long, I can't tell if it is any good or not. It is mixed media, pen & ink, watercolor and acrylic. Hope my clients like it. 
 
 
My work on the cover illustration for Padhands is progressing. I decided to go with a group design featuring all the main characters. I'm hoping to finish it tonight or in the morning. The idea of a comic style cover was put forth by the authors. The lettering has been the most difficult part but I think it will all come together well. Almost done with sketching, then on to inking and coloring. Hopefully I can post the finished work soon. 
 
 
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I have just begun my latest project. This is going to be the cover illustration for a music book written and composed by two friends of mine. Their idea was to make it a comic book parody. I have already finished 12 pen and ink illustrations for the inside. I am going to be photographing my progress and posting it on here. 

I have heard some of the music from the book. It is drumline music and insanely advanced! The book is written by Ryan Wilkerson and Philip Minnis.