At the weekend I took an overnight trip to see my dad who lives on the East Yorkshire coast in Bridlington. He has a lovely, big old house which he is doing up (or I should I say my husband is doing up – ahem).
Whilst they were busy plastering and fitting log burners, I decided to make the most of the warm Spring sunshine and take my 5 year old son Charlie for a walk along the beach.
We found some beautiful shells, including an oyster – which Charlie was very pleased about as he thought it might contain a pearl – doubtful, but I played along. We collected all our shells up to save for later use. I use shells in some of my seascape, textured paintings, whereby I fix the shells on to the canvas and paint over them with enamel to form the beach scene.
After stopping for an ice-cream each, I found some further inspiration in a fabulous and curious little shop called Beachcomberseashells – www.beachcomberseashells.co.uk. It’s an aladdin’s cave full of exotic shells, sea urchins, beautiful art cards, buddhas (which I love), handmade gifts, angel cards and trinket boxes.
I treated myself to a Buddha for my garden, a couple of lovely solstice cards by artist Wendy Andrew and some shells, for both Charlie to put in his treasure chest and for me to use in my artwork.
I also purchased a sea urchin, perfect to use as the subject for a still life, as I’ve been commissioned to do a series of penned sketches- lobster, crab and sea urchin, for an art teacher friend of mine, Emmi.
I loved this magical, little shop and will definitely by visiting again soon. Hopefully I may even have some butterfly artwork in there for sale soon too, after discussing with the owner, Joss. Watch this space.
Here’s the address in case you fancy a trip:
25 – 27 Bridge Street