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).

Monday, January 31, 2011

Sea Shells - Third Group

From left to right starting at top:

Limpets - grows attached to rocks in cooler Atlantic and Pacific waters
Tellon Clams - large tropical family of sand dwelling clams
Lucina Shells - live in shallow warmer waters of Atlantic and Pacific waters
Top Shells - found in both shallow and deep temperate or tropical waters
Mussells - most abundant of all mollusks - common in cooler seas - attaches to rocks and wood by tuft of strong fibers it secretes
Tritons - found in tropical waters near coral reefs
Pen Shells - prefer warm deeper water where they grow attached to rocks - common in Atlantic Ocean

Hitchhiking (Barnacles)
Many Sea Critters travel thousands of miles (tiny larvae that drift, feeding as they go) on shells of other Sea Critters.  Others stay or can't move from where they are.  "Hitchhiking" also includes riding on plastics and tar balls.  Nearly 30 species of barnacles are found on turtles and another group on whales.  While other groups live on gelatinous plankton such as jellyfish and comb jellies.

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