Yesterday afternoon, I had the opportunity to see the Jellies exhibit at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Sea jellies are amazing creatures that are composed of 95% water and have no brains, blood, or bones. I could have spent hours observing these beautifully mesmerizing, translucent creatures.
Because of their varied layers of transparency, shapes, and textures, these are a few of my favorite jellies:
On a recent visit to Washington, DC, my daughter and I visited the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. One of our favorite exhibits showcased minerals and gems. While my daughter couldn’t wait to see the beautiful cut and set stones, I was drawn to the stones in their natural states. Below are two of our favorites.
Last week I spent four incredible days at the annual Society of American Mosaic Artists (SAMA) conference. I was able to totally immerse myself in mosaics by participating in workshops, attending lectures, interacting with other mosaic artists, and viewing a wide range of mosaic artworks.
The above mosaics created by Ilana Shafir and Sophie Drouin, artists that I have had the privilege of taking workshops with, have wonderful texture and beautifully utilize stone, my favorite material. These pieces and many other amazing mosaics are currently on exhibit in the Mosaic Arts International 2012 exhibition at the Lexington Center Museum & Gallerythrough April 27, 2012.
While exploring lava fields on the Big Island of Hawaii last winter, I learned that it is wise to look down, watch your step, and take time to enjoy the wide variety of colors and textures. Above are just a few examples of my discoveries.
Lichen Fields, California photo by Sylvia Sharnoff
I was so inspired by the color and texture of the lichen that I discovered last week on National Geographic, I felt compelled to do more research. These are my newest additions to my inspiration library. I hope they will inspire you too.
While searching for inspiration in rock formations, I came across this amazing image of lichen on slate featured on National Geographic. The colors and textures are amazing. Lichen is my newest addition to my list of nature’s artistry.
Recently, I felt like I struck gold. I was invited by a lapidary (art of cutting and polishing stone) instructor to come raid the scrap buckets of stone at the studio where he teaches. He has been saving the discarded pieces for years, for what, he wasn’t sure. In the back of his mind he must have known someone would appreciate them as I do.
As I sort the stones by color, texture, size and shape, I’m taking my time to admire their natural beauty as I try to identify them. In my treasure trove I’ve discovered lapis, jade, obsidian, chrysocolla, copper, quartz, agate, jasper, fossils and so much more. Already, I have numerous projects in mind for my find.