Let's (slowly) get started...

Everyone has interests, hobbies, talents, and creative ideas. It's great sharing - getting feedback and giving feedback when asked. Years ago, when I attended the Cleveland Institute of Art, we became a family with the Cleveland Institute of Music students. It was great - artists and musicians coming together and sharing thoughts.

I really miss those days of listening to others speaking about new innovations, sharing their thoughts and opinions. Sometimes, I think how sad it is that society has closed up a lot of minds - fear of sharing ideas and having open discussion.

When graphic art (fine art) totally disappears, humanities will be gone. Yes, we do have the technology of using computer software to create images. It's great having this tool - but, it's only a tool to enhance Commercial Art.

I hope the days of Picasso and other creative artists (using paint brushes and canvases) never stops or goes away.

Unfortunately, small art galleries are disappearing. Cities are attempting to save local artists by allowing us to hang our paintings in City Halls.

I am an artist. My first husband was a musician. Soul-wise, it was a beautiful relationship of communication, listening, and understanding each other. Artists and musicians are rare people (yet, we seem to be many). Creativity is rare (yet, many have the abilities).

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sea shells - second group

From left to right, starting at top:

Perwinkles - common on rocky shores in most parts of the world
Scallops - most common along Atlantic shores and prefer shallow water
Venus Clam - over 400 species found all over the world
Giant Clam - Largest shelled mollusk 2' - 4'
Whelk - known to both Artic and Tropical waters - Knobbed Whelk is         the state shell of New Jersey and is the largest shell found in the region 4" - 9"
Tulip Shell -typical of southeast United States - best known is Florida Horse Conch 1' - 2'

Mollusks (clams, snails, squids)
Anthropods (insects on land, shrimp, lobsters, and crabs in the ocean)
Enchinoderms (sea stars and sea cucumbers)

Many sea critters have not been identified.

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