The Making of a Seascape

I spent the summer of 2017 at the beach~ walking, talking to the birds, and gathering any beautiful thing that I could carry home.

The first seascapes I made involved paper backgrounds put in place before adding the sand and shells, etc. The idea of working with and around a mat came with the first deep shadow box. This is how it looked as it began.


Preparing the background

The piece seemed to create itself. The larger stones in the foreground placed outside the confines of the mat, and sand scattered as it fell as if blown by the wind.


                                                                               Wind on the Sound, 2017 

Another project at the beginning stage:


First step, laying down the paper

The finished project:


                                                                                   Sea Wall, 2017

The project below was inspired by a point on the seawall at Seaside Park where I often go. I took a picture to help me get started (see below). The twig was the first thing I collected for the piece.



This project is about the beach at low tide.



There’s something wonderful about living near open water. I’ve never done so before. The Long Island Sound and Seaside Park have stolen my heart. When I first discovered them, I decided this was where I wanted to stay. I can walk there in minutes, and as soon as I see the sunlight dazzling the water, or the clouds resting on the horizon, my mind relaxes and I feel life is simple. Any time of year.

Seascapes help capture the feeling!

This is one of my favorites. It was on a cold windy day. Most of the birds were heading south. Surf was pounding rocky shore. My heart pounds now just to look at it. The glass on this lovely frame broke when I was taking it apart to start the project. So it became perfect for a 3-dimensional seascape. It’s hanging in the office of our building because I had no extra space on my walls. Sometimes I peek in there just to get a look, and to make sure it’s still there. I’d like to find a home for it that it can be appreciated more. Any takers?