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  • Inside Natalie Taylor's painting studio with Oysters XO “Shuck Yourself” oysters
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    Natalie Taylor Humphrey

Inside Natalie Taylor's painting studio with Oysters XO “Shuck Yourself” oysters

Inside Natalie Taylor's painting studio with Oysters XO “Shuck Yourself” oysters
It is now summer of 2020. A year full of the unexpected. As the global pandemic continues to affect our lives, I found myself a bit uncertain on how to proceed with a normal sense of life + business. One thing I have been certain of is the desire to create and enjoy life's simple pleasures. I've been craving nature, unadulterated fun, and quite frankly, good food.
When Oysters XO asked me to curate something interesting + inspiring using their oyster shucking Starter Kit, I jumped at the opportunity to let the creative waves flow!
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The Oysters XO Starter Kit came stocked with 36 oysters, an oyster bag, their signature Dutch towel, and 2 shucking knives-- delivered right to my home! The Chef’s Set came with this cool + functional chain-mail mitten— a conversation starter for sure taking us back to Medieval times!
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Okay, I can definitely say these oysters were a different source of inspiration for me to work with. Like I said, I wanted to make this concept F U N-- so I took mental notes from artists CY Twombly and Willem de Kooning. I painted studies with these artists' mark-making in mind, but focused my subject around the oyster. Some paintings took form in more abstract ways; with energetic paint strokes and other media mixed in. Other paintings became what most of my paintings do... women portraits. These painted women, mimicking myself, enjoying the process of shucking and eating these little sea treasures.  Each oyster I observed was distinctively different in it's shell shape and gill formation inside. I wanted my each of my paintings to have that same unique quality within this pearl of a series. The process of shucking, eating, observing, then painting the oysters was all around a refreshing activity. It's crazy to think these modest actions could lift my spirits to really dive into a new way of creating + experiencing art.
 
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More importantly, I wanted to start thinking about new ways to share experiences with others. Gathering, celebrating, sharing-- all so different from the normal we know... knew. Now, more than ever, we need things to look forward to, but in a safe way. So I decided on a small private art showing. This time with Oysters XO's Starter Kit to share!! I hosted a ‘La Petite Fête’ in Mount Pleasant, SC at The White Room for a few friends. We, if not but for a short time, were able to experience those bijou delights together... shucking fresh oysters, gallery gazing at colorful art pieces, all while having good conversation IN-PERSON safely. I’ll be sharing more from this private art showing in my next post!
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Shuck yourself or Host your own party with Oysters XO's Starter Kit here. 

 
 
 

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Oysters + Gear - Oysters XO
Photography - Samantha Jean Becker
Private Event Location - The White Room
Pop Top Wine - Wine & Company
Event Rentals - The French Eclectic
Art + Direction - Natalie Taylor
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    Natalie Taylor Humphrey

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