Read, then Paint

I consider myself very lucky when I am reading a book that I wish would never end. This is such a book:  “The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating” by Elisabeth Tova Bailey. The illustrations throughout are wonderful. I hope you find a chance to read it, as well.

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I just had to paint this snail! I wanted my painting to show his curiosity, so I found another reference image on Google Images of a snail with its head up.   To anchor him to the page, I imagined him enjoying a pink puddle of water. This one is very small, about 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ (including the puddle).   I enjoy working larger now, but there’s a part of me that really enjoys miniatures, still!  (Colors used:  rose madder, indigo, burnt sienna, naples yellow, bit of cad red light)

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Here is a link to the book on Goodreads, where you can find more information about it, if you’re interested. It is a true story about a young woman in her mid-30s who became chronically ill, and was bedridden (and could hardly move) for some time.   While walking in the woods, her friend found a snail and some violets, planted them in a pot and brought the whole bundle to her friend’s bedside.   This is their story.   I have to say, it was a real pleasure to try and re-create this author’s companion and friend.

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I’ve not finished the book, but I never thought I would be so curious about snails, and to even be inspired to paint one. I may be painting more of these in abstract colors. They are so fascinating. God’s creation is amazing.  I could spend a lifetime studying it, and it would be bliss.   Happy Saturday, and I hope you dance today. And that you leave a trail of smiles wherever you go! 😀