Sunday, 27 March 2011
My week 12 picture features the mermaids purses all tangled up with the sea weed. I used the acrylic inks, then a black ink pen to stipple and to draw the egg cases and all the tangles. I then got a bit carried away and stippled with white ink on my paintbrush. The three colours are on the little tag, press picture to enlarge. I had collected some lovely feathers so decided to add a goose feather and a tiny duck feather, first in pencil, then inks.
I had lots of visitors to my blog this week, thanks to Pondside pointing them in my direction. It is lovely to meet new people and discover new blogs. I guess it was a strange picture to find, two pieces of seaweed and an old damaged oak leaf. Not many people left a comment, thank you to the ones that did. It made me realise that this sea project is not always pretty, but it is real. I want to show real objects, just as I find them, a true record of my shore finds. This is often earthy muddy colours, torn and tangled objects and not really pretty things. Of course objects are washed up and left on a muddy shore, often broken and battered by the sea, they dry or rot, can be wet and smelly. It is a wet slippery muddy place at the moment. Yes, it looks and makes a pretty view but close up and amongst it, it is often very different. I do not want to hide that side of my shore line.
The days are getting warmer, the midges and flies are starting to wake up and spiders run between the debris of the tideline. I saw several very large bees this week. The oyster catchers are pairing, each couple moving around looking for a nesting place. My swan is still alone, elegantly swimming up and down the tidal river. The birds are competing to see who is the loudest, the bird song can be heard everywhere. I looked up to see a huge bird shape high up in the clouds, a glider twisting and silently flying in circles high above me. This toy like plane reminded me of my childhood when my Dad would point to show me, eventually my eyes would focus and see it. So as I looked up, they looked down onto my shore seeing the whole picture, and I am here seeing the details. I found only a few objects but enough for a new page. Today we enjoy an extra hour of daylight, the sun sets are so nice and so is the extra hour as the birds are still singing outside and it is well after seven.
Hope you like the page. Please leave a comment and let me know you visited. Thank you to the regulars, welcome to my new followers. After two weeks, my laptop has returned, still some problems....three blue screens and windows shut down ...as I have been writing this! Until next week. Millyx
Posted by MILLY at Sunday, March 27, 2011