SEA SHELLS – MINI WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS – SUNSET CLAM SHELL, OWL LIMPET, COWRY

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PAINTING MINI WATERCOLORS OF SEA SHELLS TODAY.  ALSO A QUICK SHADOW PORTRAIT OF ME WITH THE SEALS!

WHEN I WAS 20-SOMETHING YEARS OLD, I WENT TO SHELL BEACH IN LA JOLLA.  A VERY KIND MAN THERE PICKED UP A FEW SHELLS & TOLD ME THE NAMES OF THEM.  NOW AS A 60-SOMETHING ARTIST BY-THE-SEA, I STOP SHELL COLLECTORS & TELL THEM THE NAMES OF THE SHELLS, TOO.  

Seashell mini watercolors 5-27-2014 - 1 WATERMARKTHE TOP SEA SHELL IS A SUNSET CLAM SHELL.  “LIKE EVERY SUNSET, EVERY SUNSET CLAM SHELL IS DIFFERENT.”  & THEY ARE, TOO.  SOME ARE FAINT PINK, SOME ARE DEEP PINK WITH A TINGE OF YELLOW.  THE BOTTOM SHELL IS A TYPE OF SCALLOP SHELL.

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THESE ARE COWRY SHELLS.  I WAS TOLD THEY WERE COFFEE-BEAN COWRY SHELLS, BUT HAVE DISCOVERED THAT THEY ARE REALLY CALIFORNIA TRIVIA SHELLS.  THESE SHELLS ARE VERY RARE NOW.

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THIS IS A GIANT OWL LIMPET SHELL.  IMAGINE MY SURPRISE & DELIGHT WHEN RESEARCHING THIS SHELL TO BE TOLD IT GETS ITS NAME FROM THE OWL SILHOUETTE INSIDE OF THE SHELL!  DO YOU SEE THE OWL?  I ENJOY POINTING OUT THE OWL TO KIDS AT THE BEACH & HOPE TO GIVE SOMEONE A LIFELONG INTEREST IN NATURE BY DOING THIS.  

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WAVY TURBAN SHELLS ARE ONE OF MY FAVORITES.  THEIR SIZE RANGES FROM SMALL TO A GIANT 6 INCHES ACROSS.  WHEN THEIR OUTER LAYER RUBS OFF BY THE SEA, THEY BECOME “PEARLIZED”.  THE STRUCTURE OF THIS WAVY SHELL SORT OF LOOKS LIKE OCEAN WAVES.

Seashell mini watercolors 5-27-2014 - 3 WATERMARKSEA URCHIN SHELL BITS ARE VERY, VERY TINY & HARD TO FIND.  SEA URCHIN SHELLS ARE FRAGILE & THE OCEAN WAVES BREAK THEM DOWN VERY QUICKLY.  I LIKE TO IMAGINE THAT SAND, WHICH IS MADE OF GROUND DOWN ROCKS, QUARTZ & SEA SHELLS, CONTAINS THESE LOVELY BITS.  

PAINTING SEA SHELLS GIVES ME MORE PLEASURE NOW THEN PICKING UP THE SHELLS. THESE WATERCOLORS ARE APPROXIMATELY 2 INCHES X 2 INCHES OR 2 INCHES X 4 INCHES ON ARCHES HOT PRESS WATERCOLOR PAPER.

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