Recently, I decided to do a series of digital fine arts featuring seashell paintings in acrylics and pastels.
Making a series of artwork can give a new dimension to most ordinary objects. Not only it encourages variation but also enforces some level of consistency between the pieces.
I spend a lot of time at the seaside – that’s my rest time, my meditation time. I’m super happy when I can smell the sea, feel the onshore breeze. It brings out an inner child in me. I frequently spend hours walking, looking at waves, collecting seashells and driftwood. I also sketch or simply take photos if it’s too windy to take out my sketchbook.
Seashells are such a great joy to paint as they give an opportunity to experiment with colour and shape. As a result, my shells are tranquil and dreamy, invoking a feeling of calmness and peace. Some time ago I shared photos of an oyster shell in this post – it was my first piece. Now, a humble cockle joined.
Put together those little shells can look like they are chatting – a cute addition to a nursery or maybe over a dining table to encourage conversation (over a bowl of steamed mussels of ofcourse and a glass of lovely, cold bubbles on a warm summer afternoon).
Those seashell paintings are also gorgeous when turned away from each other.
According to my observation and growing shells collection (Country File confirms it), there are still a few others waiting to be painted. I think a good old mussel with its darker colours may be a delightful addition to the seashell series. And I have a feeling it will not be the last.