Description Original watercolor 20 x 14 watercolor on DArches paper.
The Queen Conch is one of the most beautiful shells found in the Caribbean. Set against the blue sea - I couldn't resist painting it.
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The Queen Conch has been valued throughout history, traded and carried home from many adventures. This huge mollusk shell, with flaring bright pink lips, has been collected for its meat and its shell; which has been scrimshawed, carved into ornate sculptures, jewelry like cameos, beads and buttons. Occasionally the conch contains a rare treasured pink pearl.
Ancient mariners used the conch (with slight modifications) as a ships trumpet.
It is the emblem of Neptune as well as the god Vishnu, and in China - symbolize a successful journey and good fortune.
Shells are associated with water symbols as the source of life, and are linked to the Yin, the feminine. In the Maya culture the Conch represents the waters; ornately carved shells have been excavated from Maya ruins and its image has been found in their hieroglyphs.
Savanna Redman, British Virgin Islands ~ Caribbean Member Since November 2006 Artist Statement I'm inspired by nature, wildlife, travel and ancient cultures; creating art while traveling and living in Honduras, Belize, Australia, Thailand, Egypt, and now the British Virgin Islands. SavannaRedman.com
Artist and author, may sound like an odd combination but like most creatives, my muse hand delivers inspiration to be modeled or hatched in several mediums. Some find their muse delivers music and poetry. Mine delivers stories in an image to paint or draw, like a scrap of film on the cutting room floor, via dreams and lucid daydreams. Each story comes with its own medium, paint, ink or sometimes sculpting in various media. And always, I’ve written creative stories along with the painting. But I didn’t take it serious, my paintings and ink drawings were my focus, until I moved to Mae Nam Thailand for a year and my box of art supplies took a solo tour of Asia. So with only my carry on and notebook in hand, words became my new creative medium.
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