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Conch Shell

I grew up visiting Cape Cod in Massachusetts, wandering the beaches with my back tanned dark from all my hours hunting seashells. So I was delighted when I saw this familiar shape sitting on the windowsill at the home of my friend Lisa. She told me a friend of hers found it intact on a Cape Cod beach, which I happen to know is a real find because they are usually broken. Lisa agreed to let me borrow it, and now that the new studio is set up I am finally able to begin studying the shell.

Drawing a seashell is like solving a puzzle - every piece fits logically with every other piece, there can be only one way it all fits together, and it is completely wrong until it is completely right. The same way some people enjoy doing crossword puzzles, I'm going to enjoy my next few hours at the easel finding how all those pieces fit together.

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Reader Comments (5)

congratulations on the new studio: it looks inviting. and looking forward to how you develop the shell further... i notice there is no greaseproof paper around it this time. wishing you all the best r.

December 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrahina q.h.

Thanks Rahina,
Oh yeah, I meant to mention, I'm taking a little break from the wax paper for this next couple of paintings :)

December 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSadie J. Valeri

Hi Sadie,
I love sea shells, I can't wait to see a painting of yours with that subject... and congratulations on the new studio :)
I hope you have a great holiday season!

December 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarolina

Hi. I've discovered your blog, and i'm delighted about it. I enjoy your work, and your new studio is really nice. Greetings from Mexico.

December 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterel goce de la vida

Sadie, your new studio looks wonderful! And most important, you are putting it to great use^_^... I am looking forward to take at least one workshop with you this year in the new studio... I enjoyed the last one so much! Sadly it looks like I would have to be out of town for the entire January, and cannot take the still life workshop this time... I would try my best to make the next one!

And thanks again for sharing your thought process behind each of your beautiful work. I have learned so much by reading your step-by-step blogs, and then try to apply the same analyses when I was painting. Looking forward to see the progress of this one as well!

December 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElflling
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