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.

10 comments:

Carol Creech said...

These are just gorgeous, Milly! I love the colors and pattern of stripes. And that you grouped a number of them together. So fun!
Carol

Carolina said...

Beautiful composition! I think I'm falling in love with this painting...

MILLY said...

Carolina, tried so many times to leave you a comment, it just won't let me. Anyways thank you for all your lovely comments, they are appreciated.

Carolina said...

No problem Milly, although I'd love to have your visit :)
I have been having trouble with many blogs too, what I do is click on the back button, and sometimes it works.

Lucille said...

These are beautiful. I had some shells like this once but lost them, so this is a lovely reminder. I wonder which part of the food industry uses these and where they come from.

Michelle Palmer said...

One of my favorites by you! This is soooo very beautiful~
Collections of shells...can never have too many~ :)
Wishing you the best~
Michelle

acornmoon said...

I love the way you have arranged them simply on the page. I wonder where they came from?

I once ordered snails in a restaurant and thought that I might take the shell home to paint. I was told that I would have to pay extra for the shell because they refilled them from a jar! They tasted horrid!

ruthie said...

Milly those shells are quite perfect, i so love your style. I have never seen shells like those before. I too collect them, and can never resist when out walking along the shore. whilst on skye i found some such tiny, perfect treasures.

Quilt Knit said...

These are very nice. I love the soft colors.
Sherrie

ellie said...

These are really beautiful ! Will they be on a card or print ? Best wishes, Eleanor