There’s nothing more amazing than walking on a sandy beach, next to ocean waves that are either gently or even abruptly making their presence known. It’s such a cathartic and wonderful experience, that it’s no wonder it’s equally popular to take a bit of it home with you. Here we have a little doodlewash of some seashells captured in a glass bottle. Or, as is always the case with me, a rather quick and rough approximation of the general idea. When I first visited beaches, I was so enthralled, I did manage to gather a few shells that I wanted to take home as a souvenir. But once home, they lost of bit of their magic and faded into being simply a piece of lovely décor. A collection of ephemera that I couldn’t quite trace to a specific memory. But, I realized that, in the end, it wasn’t meant to be about anything so precise. It was a lovely reminder of the entire experience, sending me back to those lapping waves, cool breezes, and warm sun that reflected on the sand in a blindingly beautiful fashion. Perhaps that’s why I’m still enthralled by seeing anything with seashells today. They don’t have to be the ones I personally collected to remind me of an amazing moment experienced while being by the sea.
I read somewhere that seashell jewelry is supposed to be all the rage this summer as well. Apparently, Prada chucked them down the runway last year, so this year, it’s supposed to be huge. Since, these articles fail to take into account I live in the Midwest, it’s always a bit like traveling into the future. Most trends of this sort take a bit of time to reach my location so knowing about them in advance makes me feel like a true time traveler. In just about two years from now, I’ll apparently be seeing shell necklaces and bracelets everywhere, including those puka shells from 20 years ago as they make a triumphant return. I don’t wear jewelry of any kind beyond a watch and my wedding ring, so this will all be lost on me when it happens. In truth, I don’t tend to adhere to trends so much as celebrate them. I love that history repeats itself and that so many things we once loved become the things we all love once again. There’s a comfort in knowing that the past can return and that the future, despite all of its incredible advancements, likely won’t be that much different than the past, after all.
Maybe that’s what these seashells are trying to remind us. No matter how much the world seems to lurch forward in technologies and inventions, nature is still slowly evolving in a much more natural way. Though I actually do try to keep up with knowing the latest trends, I stall a bit in actually pursuing any of them. I’ve been around long enough now to notice the patterns. All I have to do is stick with the thing I love, and I can rest assured that it will find its way back in vogue one day. So, I don’t seek to be fashionable each and every day, but know that I’ll always be fashionable once again, one day in the future. That wondrous day when those people who decide such things, realize that the very things I always adored, are worthy of being adored once again. Nothing will change for me at all really, but I’ll smile with a nod to whatever it was “they” happily rediscovered. Perhaps its just our way as humans of counting our time on this planet. Connecting the past with the present to somehow make sense of it all. But it’s always made perfect sense. All you need do to truly understand it is spend a bit of time contemplating seashells in a bottle.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Opus (Vivid Pink), Terra Cotta, Cobalt Turquoise and Cobalt Blue. Photo Reference by: Phillip Pessar. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Click Here!
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