I've been writing about the ocean and the sea shore a lot lately. It could be because I now live so very close to her... It could be because she inspires me in so very many ways, and as with any sea lover, I simply cannot get enough of her majestic beauty. My boys and I love to stroll along the edge of her waters and look for rocks, shells and sea glass. I love the sights, smells and sounds... There is nothing that quite arouses all my senses as much as the sea does.
A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine and I were power-walking along the shore. We can walk from one end to the other which covers, in both directions, about 6 miles! Normally I prefer to walk alone, at my pace, but Lisa is so entertaining and her stories, ideas and thoughts are so inspiring. And I love the fact that she enjoys walking at a fast pace too. Until we stopped to slow down. She simply had to show me the most magnificent shells I have ever seen. I had to take in the beauty of each individual shell.
As we stood and closely marveled at each shell we noticed the property owner on her porch. She waved to us, and I told her, excitedly, just how beautiful these creations were. She came down and talked with us. The home owner and painter's name is Paige Herman. She paints her shells as a hobby and it can take many hours to simply paint one shell, using nothing but acrylic paints and a brush. They remind me of a Pierre Deux print, or perhaps something that could be seen on JMcLaughlin or Vineyard Vines tie. Do they not!?
Paige will sell her currently painted shells for about $20. If you are interested, you can contact me and I will put you in contact with the artist.
Does this not inspire you to get out your paints and brushes? What a great family activity as well. You may not live by the sea shore, but there are always rocks and sticks to be collected... and how marvelous they would all seem painted!
Happy Friday Everyone!