Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Nine Shells

I love shells and collect them whenever I go for a walk on the beach. I have some gorgeous ones from holidays abroad, bought in shell shops. The other day I saw this bag full of twenty pretty striped shells in the craft shop. Of course I had to buy them and bring them home to draw. I have never had this shell before so I was really taken with the colours and patterns. Each one has different colours but they all felt so summery, like striped rock, deck chairs and beach hut colours.
On the bag, it said they were a waste product from the food industry.
I have used acrylic paint to get the bright clean colours, which is what attracted me to them, see the different coloured striped pattern on the nine I chose.
Press picture for more detail. Roll on summer and days on the beach.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009


I have been walking on the beach and collecting more feathers. My collection grows as I can't resist picking them up and bringing them home to draw. They really fascinate me and I love the lines and patterns of feathers.
The beach always inspires me, feathers , shells and pebbles all attract me and I arrive home with my pockets full. So looking forward to summer and spending days walking along the beach and seeing what the sea has washed up. Always odd shoes, rope, shells, crabs, seaweed, wooden objects and plastic beach toys lost or abandoned. Then the thrill of a message in a bottle.
This feather is drawn using a HB pencil. Click on picture for close up.