I love living in Rockport, Texas for many reasons. Among those reasons, it’s one of the most scenic little township’s on the gulf coast, if not in the lone star state. Of course, that’s my personal opinion, and you can come see for yourself if you’re curious. Another alluring reason to love this picturesque town is it is home to local artists and sports some really fantastic art galleries which makes it very diverse and colorful. Certain times of the year you can drive down Fulton Road and see artist that have set up their spots, right on the edge of the water entrenched in painting their masterpieces, it’s so fascinating to me, they all look so peaceful. This past weekend we had a houseful of out of town company and my girlfriend and I set out to do some sightseeing in town. I had expressed my desire to stop by The Rockport Center for the Arts so I could inquire about art classes. Terry and I went in and I got the information I was after and we spent the next two hours browsing the art that was being showcased. One particular artist caught our eyes. Her name is Pamela Fulcher, she is a photographer and her technique is putting her fabulous photographs onto aluminum. These were stunning pieces. The annual Rockport Art Festival chose to feature her art on their 2014 art festival poster.
I have begun my own journey into the art world by shelling some bottles with some of the personal treasures consisting of seashells, and sea glass, found by me, of course, right here in Rockport, Fulton Road, Howard Murph Park, and St. Joe’s Island Port Aransas, Texas. The act of this task has unleashed the artist within and I have this strong desire to paint. Paint, really? I have never even considered myself artsy, at all. Even more strange is the desire to paint this picture I snapped off of the end of our pier. My husband and I were fishing off the end of our neighborhoods 650′ pier, he said “turn around and take a picture of that”.snapped this incredible photo with nothing more than my iPhone 5!
Is my artistic side emerging? Could The Seashell Girl really be an artist? The only way to find out is to try a few brush strokes. En plein air…we shall see…
This is the piece de resistance I have been working on for a couple of months now and I thought it was time to share it. I have found every shell and piece of seaglass right here in Rockport, Texas and St. Joe’s Island in Port Aransas, Texas, and a few on Sanibel Island, Florida. I am almost finished but not quite.
As I was shelling this mirror, I couldn’t help but ooh, and ahh, when I pulled a shell out of a bag, they seem like old friends to me. Yep, I no doubt have become a SHELLUNATIC!
Well my insomnia has taken over and I thought that writing a post would be cathartic. What is my purpose in life? That is the ten million dollar question. Everytime I ask that question I end up on the beach, or I find the beach littered with Angel Wings, and Starfish, on separate occasions, and lately I’ve been finding an abundance of clear sea glass, and I know this is God speaking. I keep praying for some kind of clarity, and there is the abundance of clear seaglass I have found the past two times I have been on a hunt.
It’s fascinating to me, the beach, it’s cathartic, I think because it’s so vast, and I know I am being pulled towards it.
I pray when I walk along the beach, it seems like I am alone with God, it’s so easy just to let go…
Today is my birthday. After fishing until wee hours of the morning, with my girlfriends an hour and forty minutes out to Padre Island National Seashore to see the release of the 24 hour old Kemp Ridley Sea Turtles go into the gulf, and it was spectacular! Darling little creatures.
My mermaid tears I found today on Fulton Beach Road!
I went to the gorgeous St. Joe’s Island Port Aransas, Texas today with my friend Kathy to shell of course. Just the beauty of it is amazing, however, you never know what you might see on the beach!
Rasta Mermaid! How cute is she mon?
The water in Port A was absolutely gorgeous today, amazing green!
I just started this blog yesterday and threw some pictures of my shell art up without telling y’all anything about myself. First off I live in Rockport, Texas, moved here from Austin two years ago. I live in a small community on the bay with my husband, Drew, and our little yorkie babies Tinky, and Winnie. I love to hunt for seashells, and sea glass, eeerrrk, complete stop, backup! I AM COMPLETELY ADDICTED TO HUNTING FOR SEASHELLS AND SEA GLASS!! I had no idea when I moved to this picturesque coastal bend town that I would find my true passion in life, and frankly, I didn’t think I had a true driving passion burning within me, but I did. I have so many shells I finally decided to tap into my artistic side. I have started to shell antique bottles and a huge mirror, we shall see how it goes.
Okay, I’m off to St. Joe’s Island to hunt for more ocean treasures. I’ll let you know what I find…
The Seashell Girl