Last Days of Summer Fun

As we are half way through the month of August, I was thinking about how fast it seemed to go by. The summer will soon be coming to an end and the children will be back at school once again.

Even though I didn’t make it to any of the beaches this season, I was thinking about all of the different beach and ocean related items I have made throughout the years. Watercolors, pen and ink drawings, and paper sculptures. I’ve discovered that one of my favorite things to paper sculpt are beach themed items. But the funny thing is, I prefer to go for long walks in the woods and vacation in the mountains, than swim in the ocean.

There are so many interesting and awesome things to make from the shore and beach. Seashells, fish, coral reefs, crabs, and seahorses to name a few. I like the challenge of recreating all the textures and colors of the objects. Sea creatures are such interesting looking animals.

Sometimes I challenge myself to create photorealistic pieces, like the Paper Shells or Crab On The Beach, pictured here. Other times, it is fun to imagine something very colorful and delightful, like the seahorse among all the different types of coral in Under The Sea.

I hope my beach-themed paper sculptures make you smile. Enjoy the last couple weeks of the summer! Be safe and have some fun!

 

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Yikes! Get Me Out of Here!

I was thrilled to find out I received Honorable Mention for my miniature paper sculpture titled, Yikes! Get Me Out of Here!

I was thinking about some of the experiences my family and I had when we went out looking for blue crabs. We always had a fun time – lots of laughing – especially when one of those blue crabs would make a run for it. It always amazed me how those critters with all those crazy looking legs could get them to cooperate and get moving so fast, darting across the sand or running across the deck to go back to the safety of the water. This is how I came up with the idea to create a picture of a basket full of crabs – with a couple of escapees!

The entire picture is made from paper that was then painted in watercolor and gouache. Even the sand is made from painted paper.

This paper sculpture is in the 25th Annual International Miniature Show at Parklane Gallery in Kirkland, WA. The show is May 2 and goes till June 4, 2017.

Seaside Art Gallery Miniature Art Show

My two paper sculpture illustrations, titled:

“Bushel of Blues”

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“Seaside Treasures”

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…Are on display at this juried exhibition in Nags Head, NC.

23rd International Miniature Art Show
Seaside Art Gallery
2716 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959

May 3, 2014 to May 31, 2014

Artist’s Reception:
May 24, 2014

If you’re in the area, come take a look!