Wednesday, March 31, 2010

White Shell Wednesday

Nothing melts my heart like a man's emotionally driven works of art.  Something that those big, bear paw hands have taken the time to create a gift so intricate and delicate while utilizing the beauty that nature has provided them.  Sailors valentines are such pieces that when I look at the detail of work I cannot help but swoon.  Such love and adoration these men had for their loved ones while at sea that was often many months away from families, friends and lovers.  See, already I romance this.  Sailor's valentines were created with colorful seashells found along the beaches of the exotic islands and ports they anchored at.  White shell sailor's valentines are rare and I love the pristine look of them.

This valentine measures almost 24 inches across.
My personal favorite.  Incredible detail and I really like the dark wood outlining the white shells.  (this is a large photo so you can double click on it to see the details)



I love the shape of this piece (Circa 1870s).  Almost like a badge and in the middle the photo of a loved one.  (photo also enlarges for detail)



A smaller, later piece (late 19th century) using mostly pearliscent shells.  Pretty handpainted shell in the middle. 


A contemporary piece using a vintage handmirror base created by  Peggy Green.  Miss Green does lovely work and you can access her website by clicking on her name above.  Such a neat handmirror, perfect for a sea witch.



Of course, this is just silly, but I couldn't resist the photo when I saw it.  But it did get me thinking of taking an old pair of platform shoes from the 80s sitting in my closet and converting it over with shells.  I may have to do that one day. 

Wishing everyone a beautiful, white shell Wednesday.  Sea Witch

7 comments:

Bettyann said...

oh how lovely, you must do up a pair of your shoes..off you go to the mermaid's ball..take care..

Kanani said...

Beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing them. It is amazing what people can do. :)

Jen said...

Stunning. The detail and patience is remarkable.

fairmaiden said...

Oh they are gorgeous. I did not know anything about them. How romantic.

Your blog is lovely. Sometimes I come over just to look at your beautiful sea background. Waterhouse is my favorite artist.

seanymph said...

I love the one with the pearlized shells and ship painting. But all of these of course are perfect for this mermaid anytime. :)

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

those sea shell mosaics are just magnificent - sailors also used to put together incredible quilts on their voyages!

Are you familiar with this gorgeous book?
http://www.amazon.com/Sailors-Valentines-John-Fondas/dp/0847824144/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270069475&sr=1-1

Michelle (Shell) May said...

The second one is my favorite too! Ohhhh all the white. Love it!