The Great Frame Up at 705 Lake St. is currently exhibiting pencil drawings by Nancy Eiseman Paul, who feels her art has a particular affinity with Georgia O’Keefe. But Paul’s work is certainly not imitative. What the two artists have in common is an emphasis on subject matters derived from nature. In addition, they both emphasize form, particularly the way the form reflects the inner spiritual nature of the subject.

A lack of color and elimination of excess detail in Paul’s canvases makes them striking?#34;ghostly and ethereal?#34;as if to suggest that what is being portrayed here is not surface appearances but rather something deeper and purer. The very careful, formal arrangement of objects suggests a Zen garden, which might appear very natural yet at the same time seems a little contrived. But in a good way.

In “Trees Near Library,” toward the outside edges of the picture are two thick, strong tree trunks, extending straight up. Any branches exist outside the frame of the picture. The towering trunks form a kind of frame for two other trees in between?#34;narrower trunks with just a few branches intertwined in one other. The viewer sees not so much the actual trees but something of the spirit of what a tree is or might become. The two trunks on the outside suggest strength and independence; they don’t need each other. Meanwhile, the branches in the middle suggest the possibility of a more communal, interdependent existence; the trunks have become narrower and the trees almost seem to be leaning on each other.

Paul has included a number of pictures of trees and in each, the arrangement of varies and suggests a different sort of relationship. “Three Trees” shows how much variation these pictures can provide. The stark white canvas displays three thick trunks, no branches visible. But two of the trunks are set near each other, which makes them seem connected. The third is set further off at the other end of the canvas, leaning away from these trees, as if it has developed some strong aversion.

In “Still Life with Sage,” three objects are carefully arranged: a piece of driftwood, a nutshell, and a cluster of sage. One of the surprises here is the use of shadows, creating a striking contrast to the objects, which are pure white. Because of their darkness, the shadows seem to leap off the canvas, almost more substantial and significant than the objects themselves. The piece of sage in particular, with its various layers, is a fascinating play of light and shadow. Its airy quality is a striking contrast to the heaviness of the driftwood behind it.

The nutshell forms another kind of contrast. It’s clearly more substantial than the sage. But like the sage, as compared to the driftwood, it has a very light quality. It’s small, and even beyond this, it’s hollowed out, while the driftwood resembles a large, heavy block.

Nancy Eiseman Paul’s exhibit of drawings will be on exhibit at The Great Frame Up through March 26. The address is 705 Lake St. The hours are Mon.-Thurs. from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sun., 12-4 p.m.

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