Scissor show at the Delaplaine

A young guest studies carefully painted scissors.

A young guest studies carefully painted scissors.

Painting is a isolated activity. I have never found a way to make it otherwise.  Every step requires solitude. It begins by a trip to the lumber or art store where, in my case, I buy 4’x8′ panels of hardboard. These are panels ofter referred to a masonite.  As it turns out masonite is a brand name while hardboard is the  generic product.  Framing materials are also necessary to build a frame support for the eighth inch hardboard. Several days of cutting, gluing, and priming and it’s time to paint a picture.

The ideas for painting are the hard part. In this series I have selected a pair of scissors as a constant symbol. By making this decision I have freed myself to explore the unimagined.  This series ranges in size from 10″x10″ to 48″x48″ in watercolor, acrylic and oil pigments. I have tried not to think about design and all the other shall and shall nots I have been told are facts not to be forgotten. My montra for this series is “what if”. So, I have had a hell of a good time trying things I had never done before. Some “what  ifs” led to using new materials,  In “The Book of Scissors” a paint rag initiated a process of gluing the rag to 2 sheets of watercolor paper.  Many of the scissor images are tracings from a pair of scissors.


12:6 The Book of Scissors 2

“The Book of Scissors” 48×48″ oil on hardboard



“Centered” 48″x48″ oil on hardboard

“Centered” began with a no-no as I drew a black strip from top to bottom. These scissors are too large to be traced so I had to resort to drawing, which is not too stressful. Most of the painting I did is covered by the last coats of paint. Only a few remnants are visual.




















Golden Shears is the last large painting completed prior to the show opening.

"GOLDEN SHEARS"  48"x48"  Oil on Panel

“Golden Shears” 48″x48″ Oil on Hardwood Panel


  • Celeste McCall

    Jun 2, 2013 at 11:36 pm Reply

    This needs commenting on because it is so extraordinarily beauty of thoughts/mood/memories/what ifs. I can’t take my eyes off of these. Perhaps that most emotional heart jerk is the Golden Shears. Probably because it is relatable to all people’s lives at one time or the other. Congrats Mr. Lawrence. And thanks for all the teaching you have done through the years online and in magazines. I’ve learned a lot from you. Hopefully some day I can learn the language of art to speak it so clearly as you. But only a few of the artists can be masters….and you certainly are one of those.

  • Mary Sullivan

    Sep 19, 2013 at 12:39 pm Reply

    Beautiful paintings–especially like Golden Shears. I agree with the phrase “heart jerk”. Trying to figure out why it touches so strongly besides marvelous composition and colors harmony. I will study this one a long while.

  • Jill Stafford

    Jun 19, 2014 at 2:48 pm Reply

    Skip was my first instructor at Springmaid workshops. 20 years ago. I feel like I have come full circle. I will again take the Master class from Skip. As I have looked in on his classes through the years, I have admired so much his ability to tell the truth in art. I hope this fall that he will help me draw from the Well that is inside all of us.

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