TIDE POOL LIFE – Illustrations from my photographs. After large winter storms, clumps of sea weeds & sometimes a branch of coral wash up onto the beach. One winter lots of living Wavy Turban shells ended up on the beach, too. Hopefully the high tide arrived & took them all back to their home in the sea. Decades ago Shell Beach in La Jolla had wonderful tide pools filled with sea anemones, hermit crabs, sea urchins & lots of sea shells. Spending time at the beach has always been soul fulfilling. When I spend time looking at these photos & creating illustrations from them, I remember that I will always carry this beauty in my heart.
SUMMER VACATION – HANDMADE BOOK/ART JOURNAL – Using my sea shell photographs taken on the beach along with illustrations and information about the shells. I imagine this book as an inspiration to go to the beach and “collect” shells by taking home their photos in their natural environment, researching their names (perhaps by using my book “A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells” – sold on Amazon!) and doing sketches of the shells. We can enjoy walks on the beach and protect our coastal environments. I have seen beaches here in San Diego that 40 years ago had shells and today have none. If we hope to have future generations enjoy seeing shells on the beach, then we must “Leave Nothing, Take Nothing”.
“A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells” is a reference book for Southern California sea shells.
I wrote “A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells” after realizing that all the shell books I found were shells of the world or the South Pacific, but that there was no sea shell book about Southern California shells. It took 3 1/2 years of researching the shells before I wrote this book. I learned interesting and fun facts like mussels live 20 years and there is a silhouette of an owl inside a Giant Owl Limpet shell!
I painted the watercolor illustrations of the shells from sea shells I found on San Diego beaches. The name of each shell and interesting information about each shell is added in calligraphy. The illustrations share fun information as well as the names of the shell. In the back of the book are pages of photographs I took of sea shells.
Using “A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells”, the next time you pick up a shell on the beach you will be able to find out about the shell in your hand! Take a moment and order your copy for the summer!