Thursday, October 2, 2014
Shells, Longitudes, Latitudes and Clowns!
Sand Dollars are a rarity along the coastline now, although my mother told me you could find them all over when she was younger. I have found literally dozens of tiny baby ones early in the turtle nesting season. It is a joy to see them, but also tinged with sadness. Usually by the time they wash up onshore, they are most likely no longer alive. They will live on in my paintings because I will never tire of painting them!
Sand Dollar Day 90 of the 100 days 10 x 10 acrylic on canvas.
Turbins, I have always called them this, because of the way they coil onto themselves. I love to paint them, draw them, and find them. Some day I will get the shell collection from my parents home and display the treasures from the sea that fill my childhood memories
Turbin, acrylic on canvas, 10 x 10, Day 91 of the 100 Days
I have always called these cones, because they resemble the cones shells in the Philippines. The cones in the ocean there are deadly poisonous, so I learned to never pick them up. My father once tried desperately to save a girl that had been stung, but sadly she died. He held me a little tighter after that experience, because she reminded him of the fragility of life.
Cone Shell, 10 x 10 Acrylic on canvas, Day 92 of the 100 Days~100 Paintings
Horsehead Conch, so called because of it's shape. I have not been lucky enough to find one here, but I have found them in Florida. Sanibel Island is the best place for shelling in the United States. I plan on going back one day and staying on Coya Costa, primitive camping in a cabin, and just unplugging from the world.
Horsehead Conch, 10 x 10 , Acrylic on canvas, Day 93 of the 100 Days
Enough said, Longitude and Latitudes for our local area. I plan on distressing these before they make it to shows on the coast. I am also putting them on Cigar boxes as a different way of storing items. I may add a compass rose and coastline map as well, still sketching in my mind!
Longitudes and Latitudes, each one 3x9 inches, acrylic on canvas, Day 94 of the 100 Days
Wanting something happy to paint, I started a series of Clownfish. I have joyous memories of Clownfish, as they were one of the fish dad brought home from his dive trips.
Clownfish 1, 16 x 16, Acrylic on canvas
Actually a rework of one of the paintings from last year, This Clown has had more anemone added and fins made more black.
Clownfish 2, 16 x 20, Acrylic on canvas
This guy was fun and happy to paint! I could watch them for hours, playing among the anemone. They have a wonderful relationship with the Anemone, helping to guard them and clean them.
Clownfish 3, 16 x 16, Acrylic on canvas
The completed set all together. 16 x 52 inches. Each one is a stand alone painting, but I hope someone wants them all!
Clownfish Trio, Acrylic on canvas, Day 95 of the 100 Days~100 Paintings