create the composition-- shells from last summer’s vacation include an odd number paint in oils highlight the conch pink inside its rounded edge of sea sounds dominates the others enlarge the dark mussels indigo and orange scallops
as if just washed ashore place them on the surf float above the earth coming in with the tide after living their entire lives in the oceans capture their place over the sand minimize shadows in the glistening sunrise
and use color more color to describe the rough translucent surfaces
block in cadmium redyellow reflective light ultramarine blue from the depths alabaster and amber of kelp mix secondary tertiary fish-foul hues use pampas grass brush strokes smooth some edges create the memory textured with a palette knife
Veronica Michalowski has published poetry in several anthologies, journals and in an online magazine. She holds a MA from California State University, Fullerton in Fine Arts and her career focused in the fields of ideation, branding, package and display design. She received both national and international recognition for exceptional design including two CLIOs. She lives in Claremont, California.