Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Shells From The Beach

I'm just back from the beach where I have been collecting some shells and doing a little drawing in the bitter early March wind. The beach here at West Mersea is completely littered with oysters of the Pacific/Gigas variety these days, totally out numbering our native, so I brought some home with me along with mussels, winkles, limpets and some very tiny, pretty whelk-like shells, in order to do some more detailed studies for some larger work I have been planning for some time. The wind seemed to be coming directly off the North Sea and up the River Blackwater, so with eyes streaming and shaky hands, 10 minutes was my limit for each sketch. But I feel totally invigorated now I'm home perusing my finds with coffee in hand and stove alight.

1 comment:

Sue Pownall said...

Hi I was brought up in Tiptree and visit friends & family there 2/3 times a year. I love visiting Mersea's beaches especially off season and your sketches have made me homesick. They are great especially considering the cold.

I usually pop into artcafé in Colchester at least once a visit and sometimes the Mersea one too. They are both fabulous - congrats.