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Illustrated Seashells of New England Guide Book

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Last year I spent several months painting seashells and I'm excited to finally introduce the project that it was for! Seashells of New England, a Beachcomber's Guide is an illustrated book (I think the title is pretty self explanatory). Written by Sandy Allison - it contains full color watercolor illustrations painted by me!

The shell illustrations are full color and life size. The book contains 69 different shells that are found along the coast of southern Connecticut to northern Maine. They appear with expert descriptions that will help identify the shells, plus info on where and how to find them. An attractive and useful little book for beachcombers, nature lovers, and anyone else who loves the seashore. 

This was a bit of a passion project for me, as I love beachcombing myself. I had a lot of fun collecting shells for reference and painting all the different types.
The book is now out and is available in my shop!

watercolor illustration shell guide

Atlantic Dogwinkles, they come in a variety of colors - it was hard to choose so I painted two variations I thought were especially nice: a striped shell and an orange shell.




A couple pages of small snail shells, the Bruised Nassa and Three-lined Basketsnail.

seashells illustrated guide


ten-ridged-whelk seashell watercolor

Above, one of my favorites I painted for the book, A Ten-ridged Whelk (Neptunea decemcostata). This handsome and distinctive shell is the state seashell of Massachusetts.

Below, a page of watercolored small snail shells.

snail shells watercolor

The book is paperback, 122 pages, and measures 5x7".
Available in my shop here:
https://www.dswatercolors.com/product/seashells-new-england-book-and-illustrated-guide

Blue Lobster watercolor painting

blue lobster watercolor painting

My newest watercolor, a blue lobster. 11x17 inches.
I had fun with all the subtle hues of blue in the painting. I've always found blue to be a fun, easy color to work with. Funny, but colors like green and red are much harder to work with, at least for me. 
This is a rare blue color morph variety of the American Lobster. About 1 in 2 million lobsters are blue according to the University of Maine Lobster Institute. You can read more about it here if interested.

blue lobster watercolor print

Above is a close up of one of my prints, which are now up in the shop.

The prints are archival and measure 11x17 inches.. You can find them here:
http://www.dswatercolors.com/product/blue-lobster-watercolor-art-print
 

Piping Plover watercolor and new birds

Piping plover painting

Piping Plover
5x7" Watercolor Painting
Print

I painted this tiny shorebird a couple months ago. A Piping Plover with shadows and reflections .

I've also updated the bird gallery with other recent watercolors which you can check that out here:
http://www.dswatercolors.com/gallery/birds-feathers

Blue Crabs Watercolor Painting

blue crab watercolor painting

On my last beachcombing trip to the Chesapeake Bay, and was able to snap a few photo references for this Blue Crab watercolor painting. Pleased with how this one turned out, I'm especially happy with the color. I like the color variation between the crabs, and the bright pops of blue and red among the otherwise subtle colors really bring this piece to life.

11x17"
Watercolor painting

Prints are available in the shop: Blue Crabs Watercolor Print


blue crabs watercolor illustration

Scientific Illustration - fossil shark teeth

shark teeth watercolor
A new watercolor illustration depicting fossilized shark teeth from a variety of different species, including the Megalodon, Snaggletooth, Mako, White, Hammerhead, Sevengill Cow, Sand Tiger, Tiger, Lemon Shark and more. The teeth are painted life size.
Many of these I found beachcombing along the Chesapeake and Calvert Cliffs area. These shark teeth are all from the Miocene era in Maryland and Virginia.
I think i'll probably make a little identification chart to go along with this one.

This illustration was inspired by old scientific illustrations and charts and of course my love of beach combing and fossil hunting.

shark teeth collecting

Red and blue lobster buoy painting

lobster buoy painting
A quick, fun gouache and watercolor painting of a lobster buoy. I bit looser than i normally work.
This one was inspired by a large buoy i bought in Maine (pictured below). It is an old one, hand hewn wood.

lobster buoy

These large buoys were hung off the boat and color coordinated with the boat's smaller fishing buoys. That way the harbor master could look out with binoculars and make sure everyone fished from their own pots.

An 11x14 print added in the shop: http://www.dswatercolors.com/product/red-blue-buoy-painting-print