Painted sea shells in blue and white pattern

Oh, well well. First of all, thank God that I didn’t lost my sanity during lock down time, especially home school time. (T ^ T)

At the beginning it seemed fun and OK. And then things started to go south. Finally I feel numb. I feel like the mantis in Kungfu Panda movie. When mantis was locked in a cage, that was the first time that he felt the world was going faster than him. And yes, I feel everything is going cycle really fast.

With everyone stays at home, I cannot do my regular painting in oil. I need to find something to paint in my fragmented time. So I can still feel myself. I am who I am but not just someone clean the house, dump the trash, shop groceries, cook the food, do the laundry and teach toddler kid all day long.

The idea comes from stay home project and I dig deeper. I purchased some large seashells online and prepare them — sanded lightly, drilled holes and put on gesso three times. This time I want to working on some traditional blue and white patterns. The simple color combination allows me to paint at night when everyone fall asleep.

Each shell is unique. It has its own horizontal marks. I use those marks to divide shell surface into several sections. Usually I drew a draft before hand to have a better idea what it would look like. And then I start painting with acrylic. Once finished I put on some gloss acrylic coating.

And here are what I’ve done so far.

And here are the drafts in case you want to know.

You can see that I’m trying out different color shade and subjects. At some point I don’t even know what I’m doing LOL. But at least this is what I can hold on to while stay at home.

I hope you enjoy this.

Stay safe and healthy. But also keep calm and carry on.

~Everything will be OK~

Thank you very much.

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