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A small queen conch seashell, portrayed life size, sits on a still life table where the surrounding colors recall the sand, sea and ocean air. The elongated shell rests on its side.  A great variety of colors mix to recreate some tropical weather far from the seashell’s sea depths home. A evocative, poetic image of island life that a seashell carries around by virtue of its stunning shape can deposit island longings into the mind of an artist stranded in the suburbs.  And through a picture perhaps the island whimsy reaches even other farther shores.

The center of the shell is a rich and warm orange red, made more vivid by the contrast of nearby tones of pale and dark blue. Marks of the drawing are plainly visible and at the same time the illusion of the picture is strong in an impressionist way, most so when the oil pastel painting is viewed from a little distance.

Recollected Ocean is an oil pastel drawing on tan paper that measures 10 x 7 inches.

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4 thoughts on “Recollected Ocean

  1. Great drawing Aletha! I think your love and experience of intense observation of these shells literally shines through. And a bit of Bonnard always peeks out of your art, but in your own way!

  2. thank you, Fritz — your comments mean a lot to me. The seashells are just about intense observation, nothing more. The seashell really does most of the work (that goofy looking little animal who has such remarkable skill!). Thanks again.

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