Ffion bought me a lovely little book called The Pebbles on the Beach for my birthday and it has given me a huge desire to go to the beach and find some! It's been over a year since I saw the sea and even longer since I put my body in it or walked barefoot on the sand picking up beach treasures.
I got out some pebbles from my treasure collection and began to look up close. You can imagine that if I lived by the sea my work would be laced with beach treasures and coastline colours. It would feature all those flowers you find on the cliffs and seed pods that have been bleached by the sun. There would be shells and seaweed, rock pools and pebbles.
Holding the smooth, worn stones in my hands sparked an idea. I couldn't get to the sea right now but I could go beach combing in my imagination! So that's what I did.
I put on some 'nature sounds' of waves lapping on the shore and the occasional seagull to set the scene and I set to work. I was going to create some laser cut pebbles. There's a freedom in drawing pebbles. No two are ever the same so you can't possibly draw them wrong and there is a whole world of shapes and textures to play with.
The results were ever so satisfying
and brought to life by light.
I began to think about layering them up, creating two layers of texture that would change in the light.
So much potential. I LOVE the magic of light. That one right at the bottom is my favourite so far.
I am nowhere near done with these. Don't ask me yet what they are going to be. We shall have to see how it unfolds. For now there is joy in just playing.
And playing is what I'm going to do!
Next I'm going to experiment with some worn shards of sea pottery to add to the collection.
Thanks for walking on the beach with me. Maybe it's time for some fish and chips now but I'll be back again tomorrow. x