Monday, 15 June 2009

Tiny Blue shells

When I go for a walk along my local beaches I collect feathers, shells, leaves, pebbles and seaweed. The shells here are usually tiny, cockles, mussels and crab shells, nothing very fancy. But I like these really tiny striped shells. I like their simple shapes, their pretty stripes and the fact that I found them. These were all blue ones on the stretch of beach I was walking. At a different beach they are brighter colours like yellow, pink, blue and orange stripes.
They are simple and yet beautiful. They are so thin and delicate and yet survive the strength of the sea as they are washed up on my beaches. Just like a child I find them and add them to my treasures. I painted them with watercolours.


Carol Creech said...

I just love the seashells you do!! Such great colors and stripes. I am very into seashells at the moment.

I haven't been to the beach lately, but my sister-in-law has a beach-decorated bathroom and so I did some sketching when we were there this weekend. :) Will have to see what I have to post.

Acornmoon said...

Ooh, I love your shells so much!

It is interesting to observe how nature creates stripes and striped proportions. the colours and proportions seem just right some how.

Are you joining us for "Mug Monday", June 22nd?

Michelle Palmer said...

It amazes me...that things so delicate don't break! Love your layouts & you make them as beautiful as the shell you hold in your hand!
:) Michelle

bubblemunch said...

More gorgeous shells! You paint them so beautifully.
I was beachcombing at the weekend and thought of your blog when I found a piece of blue and white pottery!

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...


I am a new visitor. I found you through a friend's blog. I like your compostions and the gentleness of your work. Very pleasing. I feel I could reach in and pick up one of the shells. Lovely

Julie Whitmore

Carolina said...

Hi Milly!
I've been out of the cyber-world for a little while. I love these seashells, they're more than charming. I've never seen this kind of shells all blue striped (around here we find them mostly in different kinds of browns).
Best regards,

Mary Timme said...

You have got to love any post that starts out with the words . . . 'when I go walking on my local beaches.'

Why, because I live in the mountains! :D!