Ammonite shells again...my visit to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History has inspired me to paint these gorgeous shells. Not only are they incredibly beautiful, they also resonate with me on a more meaningful level.
These ancient shells are call ammonites. They look very much like shelled nautiloids but are actually more closely related to octopus, squid and cuttlefish. Very similar to a nautilus, however, they grow and move into a larger chamber which has grown ahead of it. It adds newer and larger chambers to the open end of the coil and grows like this until it has reached maturity.
Isn't that just like life? We are constantly building and growing on what we have already know based on what we have learned and what we have experienced. Sometimes it might take a couple of tries to get it right, and there may be a few bumps along the way, but eventually we do learn and grow :-)
And here is my latest painting. It is a mixed media and incorporates collage. Let me know what you think. I hope you love it.
|8 x 8 x 1.5 inches|