I love mussels, the blue of the outer shell, as dark as a night without stars, and then the inside shading from inky blue to pearl grey, and the surprise of the golden body, as plump as your thumb and the colour of saffron.
I love painting mussels. I love eating them too. I’m preparing a large painting of mussels. The ones I’m sketching came from Gibson’s Plaice in Exter, and he gets them from Exmouth Mussels, a sustainable musselery. I sketched them and then we ate them. Yes I know. That’s a ruthless way for an artist to treat her models. James says that it’s lucky I don’t paint nudes.
Photography by www.jamesforshallphotography.com
My sketch book is made by Sollas Bookbinding at www.sollasbooks.com on North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. I think the covers designed by Sollas reflect much of that beautiful and romantic island.