Sunday, October 6, 2013

Jamaican Shell

On a trip to Montego Bay Jamaica in 1999 I brought an extra suitcase. I had every intention of purchasing items for the still lifes I was painting at that time. I was looking at several items, but became irritated at the pushy vendors begging us to come into their space in the market. I managed to ignore them while photographing the wood carver hard at work. When he noticed, he started the banter of "hey mon". I still was not impressed, but wanted to purchase some items from this market area. To the side, there was a woman alone with her wares beautifully displayed and smiling at me. She greeted me when I came to her and quietly asked me in. What a breath of fresh air! She was not at all pushy and very helpful in getting items for my childrens presents. I also purchased some beautiful shells from her. This is one of those shells. She said it was a locally collected specimen. I also purchased a conch from her and a starfish. They have all been featured in several paintings.
These are both 4 x 12 acrylic on canvas, Days 94 & 95 of the 100 Days ~ 100 Paintings

Saturday, October 5, 2013

She Sells Seashells.......................

"Lacy Murex Back"
"Lacy Murex Front"
"Queen Scallop"
"Sand Dollar"


Never without collectors for shells andI will never tire of painting them. The are two more to this collection to be posted later today. Each of these beauties measures 8 x 8 deep edge canvas.
These paintings represent days  87~94 of the 100 Days ~100 Paintings. This year is rapidly coming to a close with the 100 paintings finishing up during the beginning of the National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama starting October 10th, 2013.
I will continue on this year though, maybe not posting a daily painting, but new pieces in the works down the line.
Come join me for new adventures in the Raccoon Retreat studio in Beautiful Fairhope, Alabama.