A long time ago my dad took me fossil-hunting and this became the inspiration for a series of images about fossils.
And suddenly the marbles are teeming with creatures, the dead come to life again, the world turns!”
Georges Cuvier, the father of paleontology.
Not a great composition but I was intrigued by the fossil markings on the bottom rock. In places the rocks were layers of shale that you could pull pieces from, and often they had fossils on them. Another thing I liked was the contrast between the dark charcoal rocks and the pale gold ones with black markings. Pieces of shale from this bed with fossil imprints of cedar-like leaves.
Sketches and Paintings.
Pencil and acrylic sketch of fossils. Acrylic painting of two pebbles with fossils, both the cedar-like imprints, a maple-like leaf imprint and the intriguing linear imprints which look like stems.Watercolour and ink drawing of fossils.
The sketch above layered with an ammonite fossil.
Fossils from Handmade Paper.
Ink and watercolour sketch inspired by the fossils. I particularly liked the three triangular shapes with bits of cedar embedded in them. The handmade paper I put together for my fossil piece (which I have since dismantled) contains the triangles with bits of cedar embedded in it.Fossil sketches with notes and paper wrapping for cut-out ‘fossil’ backing. Since I wasn’t crazy about my first attempt I am now trying to figure out how I will rework the piece.More on this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Inspiration. This group of women that hold this challenge are another big inspiration – thank you all so much for helping me get through this pandemic in better shape than I otherwise would have!