Saturday, 15 January 2011

Week 2 and the little things

So last Saturday I ventured down onto the freezing cold shore with layers of clothes and only my face exposed to the biting wind. I know that if this strange behaviour is spotted by the locals there will be questions. You see today I went in the pouring rain, I had the place to myself! What on earth is she doing down there on a day like this?
I so enjoyed the first week, loved recording the seaweeds but I had a niggling thought that it might end up being seaweed each week. Well yes seaweed is going to feature strongly but I did find lots of little things, tiny shells, berries, seeds, leaves and snail shells. So I decided to capture them together on a separate page from the larger specimens. This means you are getting an extra page of finds with week 2 double page.
Week 2 features the biggest black mermaids purse that I have ever seen, it was a WOW moment for me. I am really loving the colours of my finds...rusty oranges, greens and browns, deep inky blue blacks...and everything seems to blend with each other.
It is a very tactile experience, feeling wet slimy strands, soft slippery objects and sometimes a bit smelly...a foot or a piece of stick to poke around helps.
It is really making me look, seeing how beautiful some of this sea weed really is, the different shapes which you really start to notice when you draw them.
In my enthusiasm to get started I chose a large sketch pad I already had, the paper is quite thin and it is not taking the paint too well and resulting in wrinkled pages. I have decided it adds to the sea theme.
Thank you for all the comments, glad so many people are interested and some new followers. Please let me know what you think, leave a comment, as you join me on this journey.
Must go now and sort out my new bag of treasures for week 3. Hope you like them. Millyx


Pondside said...

I love it. It's hard to see where the drawing starts and the artifact begins. I thought I'd miss the bits of porcelain that you so often include, but I didn't miss them in the one - beautiful.

Robin and the Sage said...

such beauties you have found Eileen! isn't the nature treasures most precious things in this world?


Dan said...

Beautiful Milly, I think your style suits the sea very well!

Raining Acorns said...

How lucky these objects are to be found by you. Amazing how you capture the quality of seaweed floating in the sea. Lovely.

Diana said...

beautiful, so graceful too. you capture whatever you draw.. this is so fun watching what you find too.. take care, Diana

Posie said...

Milly what beautiful finds and captured with such fluidity you can almost see them swaying in on the tide. I love being out in the rain, although it always feels daunting you come home so refreshed. Best wishes, and looking forward to week 3.

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Well, you have said it all Milly and I love the way that everything works so well together, whether from land or sea. x

Teresa said...

Sigh... your art is so beautiful. Transports me to the beach where I hear the gulls screech, the sound of the waves that bring relaxation to my spirit and bask in the sea air blowing all around me.

Ann said...

Oh my, I LOVE this project! It will be a joy to follow along with your finds each week. Your drawings are so beautiful, they take me right there to the shore.

Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. I really appreciate your visits :-)