Monday, December 28, 2015

Full and Empty

Top image is FULL and bottom is EMPTY.
Each 10x30x2" acrylic on cradled board:

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

It's all about the Payne's Grey

I wanted to challenge myself, to see if by limiting my palette to one color, namely Payne's Gray* I could shift the emphasis from the chroma, or color, to the texture of the paint itself (which I have thickened up with various acrylic pastes and gels). I did cheat a little with some Titanium White, but everybody knows Titanium White is a slutty pigment that will jump onto the palette with almost anyone...

THIS, 36x36" acrylic on canvas

*Originally a mixture of iron blue (Prussian blue), yellow ochre and crimson lake,[3] Payne's grey now is often a mixture of blue (ultramarine or phthalocyanine) and black [4] or of ultramarine and SiennaThe colour is named after William Payne, who painted watercolours in the late 18th century.
from Wikipedia, of course:

Sunday, October 11, 2015

5 O'Clock Shadow

Sunday afternoon, the paper is sitting crookedly on the printer tray,  shadow waves appear...

Monday, September 28, 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015


from Rebecca Solnit's A Field Guide to Getting Lost:

"Light at the blue end of the spectrum does not travel the whole distance from the sun to us. It disperses among the molecules of the air, it scatters in water. Water is colorless, shallow water appears to be the color of whatever lies underneath it, but deep water is full of the scattered light, the purer the water the deeper the blue. The sky is blue for the same reason, but the blue at the horizon, the blue of land that seems to be dissolving into the sky, is a deeper, dreamier, melancholy blue, the blue at the farthest reaches of the places where you see for miles, the blue of distance. This light that does not touch us, does not travel the whole distance, the light that get lost, gives us the beauty of the world, so much of which is in the color blue."
"So What" 12"x60" acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Opening September 12 at AIR Gallery!

Please join Peggy Shearn and James Lambert
for the opening of our 2-person show
at AIR Gallery 
348 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022
4-9 pm
with the flute improvisations of
Julie Koidin from 5-7 pm


Glencoe’s A.I.R. Gallery announces its inaugural invitation exhibit, welcoming Highland Park painter James W. Lambert. Paired with gallerist Peggy Schutze Shearn, the duo present "MORPHOVERSE,” a magical paint-slathered exploration of what we see – or think we see.

The “MORPHOVERSE" opening event will take place September 12, 2015 from 4-9 pm at A.I.R. Gallery at 348 Tudor Court in Glencoe. From 5-7 pm flautist Julie Koidin will perform improvisations inspired by the artwork. For more information, or to make an appointment to see the show, please call 847-975-9953 or send an email:

Peggy Schutze Shearn is a multi-media artist from Highland Park. She has worked in commercial art, graphic design, illustration and calligraphy, and studied drawing, painting, photography and printmaking. She has an extensive exhibition history within the Chicago area. In her recent paintings, Shearn builds cake frosting-thick surfaces of acrylic gestures that twist and distort. A single word, the point of departure for her mark making, eventually is swallowed and consumed beneath swirling fields of color. Her website can be viewed at:

James W. Lambert, who holds a BFA and a MFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute Chicago, returns to exhibiting paintings after a long career in furniture building and carpentry. His work is an attempt to balance the recognizable with the unknown future. Beginning with a crowd scene cropped from a stock image, the artist builds color using traditional scumble and glazing techniques. The figures in the crowds become less apparent until the works teeter on the edge of abstraction. Words and images gain or lose a particular meaning when set loose in the world of art. They change spots and morph into something unexpected and wonderful. This show attempts to capture those idylls and hold them for viewing, at least for a moment. Lambert’s work can be seen at

“Morphoverse” will be at A.I.R. Gallery from September 12 through October 10.