A couple of years ago the writer Deborah Wilson brought me shell that she had found on the beach while vacationing. It is one of the most beautiful gifts I have ever received. I have looked at the shell a thousand times, in wonder over its perfect design a small gift from nature, and a spectacular piece of art. Running my fingers over its smooth service, holding it up to the light, turning it over in my hand, even while making wishes I wondered if it would be possible to capture the glory of this shell as a drawing or painting. I have been much too intimidated to even try until now.
On page 64 of Mastering Composition (Ian Roberts) the author suggests that the artist do a sketch a day for a year. I have decided to take on the assignment and my subject is going to be this singular shell. The photograph below is my start point. As my attempts improve I will share them with you faithful reader. Keep your fingers crossed that they do improve.