I collect things from the shorelines where I have lived. Shells, stones, feathers...
When I was small I was fortunate to live on or near the Gulf Coast. I have many memories and sensations of sand, sea and surf. The smell of salt water, the sea critters I encountered: crabs, starfish, and even dolphins. It was magical. This has been a source of inspiration for me...
|Gulf Shore Days - me sitting on a rock|
|Me and my sister|
|More Beachy Beads!|
No less magical were the shores of Lake Superior - the largest fresh water body of water on Earth - we moved there when I was bout 9 years old. A true Inland Sea - full of majesty just as powerful as any salt-water ocean. Here I encountered places and stones of astonishing color and texture.
I have many memories of living in Lake Superior country...
|Me, age 11 or 12|
|Me and my sister an... yes I really did run around barefoot all summer.|
|Me again, meeting Paul Bunyan at Hiawatha Forest...|
But mostly I remember the ROCKS - like the ones I collected at Agate Bay or Pictured Rocks shore. I was lucky to be able to return to Superior about 15 years ago to collect a few more...
|...polished by water|
|Rocks bathing in the watery froth of Superior|
|A glimpse through the crystal clear waters|
|Sorted rocks - amazing color!|
Though I no longer have the actual shells I collected from the Gulf Coast, I do have several stones from Kitchigami. They are incredibly important to me, and they are my muse...
|My collection: nature inspired forms, colors, textures|
|... my source and my creation|
What are you sources of Inspiration? I'd love to hear about them!