If you are a non-living object in nature (animal corps included), you just may find yourself on my dinning room table under a spotlight. I have collected dead birds, owl pellets, bones, shells, etc…and have inspected them closely at this very spot to the total disgust of my kids. I laugh every time.
When I found this very large snail shell (unoccupied), I knew I had to take it home. It had mud and green algae caked on so I placed it in a bowl with gentle soap and let it soak a bit.
Next, I gently scrubbed it with an old tooth brush.
And finally, being the girl that I am, I did what I knew best and painted the shell with clear nail polish.
It did what I was hoping for; to draw out the luscious colors and brighten up. So many beautiful colors came out…oranges, greens, browns, and reds. Now my study, the snail home, was ready for me to draw and paint from.
I never tire from treasures in nature. Someday I wish to show my collection along with artwork at the same time.