Of Whelks and Water
I think I’ve got it straight now: whelks live in temperate waters and are carnivores and scavengers. A conch is a herbivore that lives in the tropics. So my shells from North Carolina are whelks. (http://ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/blog/2015/03/02/whats-in-a-name-conch-vs-whelk/)
I collected quite a few this year. Usually they are a rare find.
Being July 1, when thoughts turn to the beach (if they haven’t already), I thought I’d reprise my beach trip in May a bit.
When I sat on the beach and tried to draw the ocean, I had a lot of trouble. So I took some of my photos and printed them out and worked from those to draw and paint the waves. The colored pencil drawing looks good, but it was so tedious to do I didn’t really finish.
The watercolor was more fun, but doesn’t look like the ocean at all.
And just for good measure, more shells.