Saturday, March 07, 2009

IF – Intricate

Darryl and I went to the aquarium a few weeks ago, for the very first time. I passed three happy hours gazing into all of the intricate underwater worlds they had created for the fishies.

The plants captured my attention as much as the animals – all the underwater foliage seemed so curated, with shapes, colours and ways of moving coming together so beautifully. I love the ocean, the beach, and everything to do with it – the Pacific Northwest exhibit was one of my favourites, with the kelp and sea pens and all the life that thrives beneath my favourite swimming spots. If I had some magic abilities, I'd use them to shrink myself to the size of a little fish and learn to breathe underwater, so I could go strolling around that intricate terrain.

A side note – those bubbly shapes in the background were made with some NaturePrint paper my sister gave me years ago. I found myself at home on a sunny (!) afternoon yesterday and jumped on the opportunity to make a sun-photogram. So paper + little gold seed beads + sun became the perfect bubbly waves for my sea-scene.


Anonymous said...

I love this illustration. It's so atmospheric. I'm a big fan of going to the Aquarium and pretending I'm actually underwater. Even though there are Big Things That Might Eat Me.

Coreopsis said...

Beautiful draws me in just as aquariums do. Glimpses into other worlds. Love the colors!

Anonymous said...

How interesting that photo sun paper is still around and going strong. Made such a great background and glad you called our attention to it.
If you do shrink and go underwater as a little fish, watch out for the whales and sharks.
Love the regular posts happening now!

Anonymous said...

Oh, that is a beautiful blue... dreamy, moody... capturing the beauty and feeling. Your artist's eye at the aquarium and desires to be part of the deep - described and portrayed so well. Cathie