Sunday, February 19, 2012
I like testing my ability to work small sometimes and I have three tiny canvas panels that I want to use. A sea creature theme seems to be emerging for them. First the jellyfish and now this whelk shell. Any suggestions for number three?
I cannot resist beaches and everything that I find on them. Photographing little shells and the colour contained in them is something I enjoy. We so often think of exotic shells when we consider seashells. Big colourful conch or abalone shells are traditional fodder for painting and they are beautiful.
On the shores of the north Atlantic the shells are more traditionally whelks or mussels and they can rival any tropical shell for colour and form. I collected quite a few large whelk shells from St. Mary's beach and stained them with watercolour, creating beautiful ornaments out of them. I still have one little bag of three left if anyone's interested in them. And a few more in a Coastal Steamer box.
Meanwhile, this 3 x 5" oil painting is the second of a mini series of mini paintings