Wednesday, December 5, 2012

No Conch For You!

This remarkable, fifteen pound conch shell we found washed up on the beach as we walked in the powerful surf will not be coming home with us. Honey refused to add another pound to our luggage. He would prefer I stuck to small souvenirs like a new pair of silver earrings--stuff I could tuck into my purse. How mean. How no fun. How adult.

Disappointed, I offered it to the kid in the next lounge chair who had had showed me his collection of tiny shells he found along the shore, but his mom said no too. His face dropped. Some folks have totally lost it-- the awe of childhood. So back to the beach it will go to thrill some other kid whose adult will say " I'm not carrying that thing ," or "you know how much it would cost to ship?" I say who cares. It's an awesome memory of an awesome romp in an awesome sea that's priceless.

I didn't feel like painting today, but did. The painting looks it. I suspect I have to get off this lounge and move to some new spot. Last year's pen and ink of this view was fresher and more successful. I did, however,forget the conch once I started to splash around. Painting poolside is so much more enjoyable than reading, but a lot less exciting than hunting for seashells along the seashore--at least that's what Sally says. If you don't know who Sally is, shame on you.



16 comments:

  1. Well, maybe a diamond ring then? Just think of all the money you'll save by not having to pay overweight fees, correcto?

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    1. Correcto, but so practical and not whimsical at all. On holiday, whimsical should be the order off the day.

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  2. I am so en-vee-uss, sitting here freezing my butt off! Wish I had an iPad too.... love this doodle.

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    1. Had drinks last night with an Englishman and a lad from Scotland and thought of you. They claimed there was no warm weather near you this time of year. The Scot just got an iPad. He was enjoying his as much as I'm enjoying mine. This doodle definitely proves I am not a water colorist, but rather a acrylic, oil or pastel artist at heart. It's nice to narrow down the field.

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  3. are u kidding me? couldn't it fit in your carry on??? i am cringing now, such a gorgeous shell! next time take a reusable grocery tote at least u can fold that up in your purse.

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    1. Toting an 11 pound purse and a 15 pound conch shell would send me back to the orthopedic surgeon with this bum knee. So much for this holiday. Better to return in tact. :-)

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  4. Down with adult thinking! That conch is fabulous!!!

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    1. It's gone, gone, gone back to the sea. Now it's just a photograph--and I blew that one. I should have shot it next to one of the kid's conches to show its enormous size better. Now it's just a fish story.

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  5. Jammer voor de schelp ik wou dat ik hem gevonden had ik had hem wel mee willen nemen maar het mag niet meer van de overheid en je schilderij is weer prachtig geworden lieve groetjes Daniëlle

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  6. Linda!
    Love the conch photo! Georgia O'Keefe comes to mind!
    I also love the last two paintings.
    Enjoy!
    Michael

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    1. I came to visit this morning, but the wireless connection wasn't working properly. I will return. Thank you. The photo is all I have of the experience.

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  7. Une jolie peinture pour accompagner ce beau coquillage... Je viens de remplir un petit sac de coquillages trouvés ces derniers jours sur la plage de Plouescat...

    Gros bisous.

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  8. All this just makes me wish I was on vacation. love the colors... and I just wish I had a hammock..:-)

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    1. Over our years together, Ellis and I have come to the decision that no matter what our economic situation, holidays were a necessity of the utmost importance. Holidays bolster the spirit, breathe new life into you, regenerate enthusiasm, are well worth other sacrifices. As we relaxed, over a glass of wine on our balcony watching the sea fade to deep indigo as the sun set, we knew holidays were a joy to make a definite habit. My honey was his old self in just three days. I liked him again. We've also decided that we're not on vacation--even though we have indeed vacated our normal lives. But we are more so on holiday. Holiday is a more positive description.

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  9. I'm sorry Danielle and Martine, I haven't figured out yet how to translate your comments so I can reply. I'm not sure how to go between apps copying and pasting back and forth. Thank you for your kind words. I will stick with pushing my iPad skills.

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  10. the painting is great! wow, it is pretty there!! That is one heckuva shell! Glad you have a connection. Love these paintings..it is awesome that you are painting everyday and recording your travels. What a pretty place! oh, I said that already....but it looks amazing!

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